Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told Fox News host Bill O'Reilly last night that #BlackLivesMatter activists are "trouble" (video below).
O'Reilly asked Trump what the #BlackLivesMatter group wants, and Trump replied:
Well, I think it's very simple, all lives matter, whether it's black or white, what they're getting away with is murder ... I think they’re trouble. I think they're looking for trouble. I looked at a couple of the people that were interviewed from the group.
I saw them with hate coming down the street last week talking about cops and police and what should be done to them, and that was not good.
And I think it's a disgrace that they are getting away with it. I think it’s disgraceful the way they are being catered to by the Democrats.
And it’s going to end up kicking them you know where. I don’t think it’s going to end up good. The fact is, all lives matter, that includes black, and it includes white, and it includes everybody else.
And we have people, Democrats that are afraid to even say that. They are apologizing because they say, "White lives matter, and all lives matter." These are people that are unfit to run for office in my opinion.
O'Reilly played a clip of Colin Powell, a Republican, explaining how the #BlackLivesMatter movement draws attention to the problem of police killing black people in a "way that doesn't seem appropriate."
"He's wrong," Trump fired back. "He's totally wrong. It's all lives matter, and that should be the theme of this country, frankly, one of our themes. All lives matter."
Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin spoke at Tea Party Patriots rally against the Iran nuclear deal in Washington D.C. today, where she slammed President Obama for not calling off the "dogs," which RawStory.com and Mediaite.com reported as meaning the #BlackLivesMatter movement (video below).
Palin also told the police how much she supports them.
#BlackLivesMatter was formed in response to several publicized white police killings of unarmed black people. USA TODAY reported in 2014 that a black person was killed by a white police officer almost twice a week between 2005-2012, per FBI statistics.
(Note: Trump talks about #BlackLivesMatter at 4:30 mark)