MSNBC’s Katy Tur weighed into the Charlottesville controversy as she interviewed Black Lives Matter creator, Patrisse Cullors, Monday afternoon. Seeking Ms. Cullors opinion on the matter, Tur allowed for her to incessantly rant about how the Trump base was composed of white nationalists that were seeking to overrun the country. “The white supremacists who showed up to Charlottesville, that is Trump's base.” Cullors emphatically declared, “And that base is not isolated. It is directly related to Trump's policies and the policies that have continued to harm and kill black people and our allies.” Tur offered no pushback to this nor any questions citing Black Lives Matter previously violent history in context of the current situation.
The full conversation went as follows:
KATY TUR: Patrisse, I want to read you something that David Duke posted on Twitter today. He said that he was happy, obviously, with what the President--how he got elected. Then he also said this. After the President said we must condemn all of the hate that it stands for. He says I would recommend you take a good look in the mirror and remember that it was white Americans that put you in the presidency not radical leftists.
PATRISSE CULLORS: That is right, David Duke, and the white supremacists who showed up to Charlottesville, that is Trump's base. And that base is not isolated. It is directly related to trump's policies and the policies that have continued to harm and kill black people and our allies. I think we're seeing a movement of white nationalists rising up because they have been emboldened by Trump and his government. I really want to invite people to be on the right side of history right now.
KATY TUR: Patrisse, the President condemned violence on what he called all sides on Saturday. He was essentially grouping white supremacists and counter-protestors together. Black Lives Matter were among some of those protesters. Draw a distinction for me if you will.
CULLORS: Well, I think what is important at this moment is white nationalists are actually fighting to take away people's rights. Black Lives Matter and groups like Black Lives Matter are fighting for equality. Hate speech, which is what we're seeing coming out of white nationalists groups is not protected under first amendment rights. I think that's important that we really delineate from what's happening right now and what's happening across the country.
The mainstream media has actively worked to provide excuses and justification for Black Lives Matter’s appalling actions in cases ranging from rioting to expressing violence towards police officers. Furthermore, they have also sought to avoid any criticism of Barack Obama’s embrace of the group which included inviting BLM leaders to the White House. The rank hypocrisy of Tur and others like her in criticizing Trump over his rhetoric while withholding judgement of Obama’s direct actions demonstrates clearly where their true allegiances in these matters lie.
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