While appearing on CNN, Black Lives Matter founder Daunasia Yancey and activist Julius Jones told Wolf Blitzer that the phrase “all lives matter” is a violent statement, Newsbusters’ Melissa Mullins reported Thursday. Blitzer, Mullins said, “went easy” on the two activists, especially on comments made about the argument that all lives should matter.
“I would say temper your perspective with the urgency that black lives are actively under attack and we are in a terrible war with our own country, African-Americans are Americans and we’re not treated like that,” Jones said. “We’re not treated as if black lives matter. And when people say ‘all lives matter,’ it’s actually a violent statement because the only time that people say ‘all lives matter’ is in opposition to Black Lives Matter and it’s the most violent statement of love that you can do. It’s like ‘all lives matter!’ It’s — yes, we understand that, it’s true, but in this country, for the long time, the United States acts like black lives don’t matter.”
Mullins said the “outrageous” statement deserved clarification, but Blitzer refused to follow up with what should have been a “slam dunk.” Instead, he simply let them off the hook by saying, “thanks very much” for coming on the program.
It’s not the first time the duo made the claim, Mullins added. Jones made the same statement Monday during an appearance on “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.” Wilmore, unlike Blitzer, actually asked how they intend to hold Barack Obama accountable.
“No president of the United States has ever stood up for black lives in a significant and real effective way,” Jones said in response. “And he’s no different to be quite honest.”
“One last question,” Wilmore said. “Do you have any plans — and please say yes! — do you have any plans to disrupt Trump’s camp?” Yancey, Mullins said in conclusion, said they would disrupt all the candidates.
Recently, Trump reacted to news that Black Lives Matter activists disrupted Bernie Sanders, the Vermont socialist running against Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Party primary. Trump called Sanders weak and said he would never let BLM activists take his microphone or hijack his event.
“I would never give up my microphone, I thought that was disgusting,” he said. “That showed such weakness, the way he was taken away by two young women. They just took the whole place over!”
“That will never happen with me,” he added. “I don’t know if I’ll do the fighting myself, or if other people will, but that was a disgrace,” Trump said. “I felt badly for him, but it showed that he’s weak.”
Black Lives Matter activists have so far disrupted several campaign events. One of the most recent events was one held by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Despite meeting with activists prior to the event, and pandering to them during an answer on social justice issues and racism. About 20 activists began chanting “Black Lives Matter” as he wrapped up the event and quickly left the auditorium.