In a Fox News interview with Laura Ingraham on Sunday night, President Trump called out Black Lives Matter as a Marxist organization.
“Black Lives Matter is a Marxist organization,” said Trump. “You remember ‘pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon.’ That was the first time I ever heard of Black Lives Matter.”
The President was referring to a chant used in a 2015 Black Lives Matter march in St. Paul, Minnesota.
“I said that’s a terrible name,” Trump said of Black Lives Matter. “It’s so discriminatory. It’s bad for black people. It’s bad for everybody.”
This is not the first time the President has equated the Black Lives Matter organization with Marxist philosophy.
In a Fox & Friends interview in early August, Trump called Black Lives Matter “a Marxist group that is not looking for good things for our country.”
“Black Lives Matter, when did it start?” he asked. “Marching down streets screaming, ‘Pigs in a blanket, fry them like bacon.’ They were talking about policemen. So all of a sudden, this has taken on this air of respectability. Well, how does it start there? It’s a Marxist group.”
Black Lives Matter originally began as a statement of the inherent value of each African American life in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. But it quickly transformed into an established organization wrapped up in far-left policies and Marxist philosophies. This has caused great confusion and tension among Americans – many of whom will not subscribe to Black Lives Matter the organization, even as they wholeheartedly believe that black lives do matter.
In a video from 2015, Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors calls herself and her fellow leaders “trained Marxists.”
“The first thing, I think, is that we actually do have an ideological frame. Myself and Alicia” – here referring to her co-founder, Alicia Garza – “in particular are trained organizers. We are trained Marxists. We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories.”
Cullers, who has called Weather Underground member Eric Mann a mentor of hers, stated in the same interview that “Black Lives Matter originates from a need to intervene in a 500-year story and a plan to kill and create havoc and chaos in black people’s lives.”
This is reflected in the Black Lives Matter organization itself. For instance, the DC chapter of the movement calls for “the abolition of systems and institutions of white supremacy, capitalism, patriarchy, and colonialism.”
And the Black Lives Matter website devotes itself to the disruption of “the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure.”
So while “black lives matter” as a statement of fact has no philosophical loyalties other than the inherent value of human life, Black Lives Matter the organization has strong Marxist philosophical ties, and President Trump is right to say so.