Trump slams Black Lives Matter organization as ‘Marxist group’

President Trump said Wednesday that Black Lives Matter is “a Marxist group that is not looking for good things for our country.”

Trump said in a “Fox & Friends” interview that he questions the “air of great respectability” for Black Lives Matter after two months of national unrest over the killing of George Floyd by Minnesota police.

“Black Lives Matter, when did it start? Marching down streets screaming, ‘Pigs in a blanket fry them like bacon.’ They were talking about policemen,” Trump said. “So all of a sudden, this has taken on this air of great respectability. Well, how does it start there? It’s a Marxist group.”

Black Lives Matter is both a diverse social movement and the name of a national organization — whose leaders include co-founder Patrisse Cullors, who described herself and fellow co-founder Alicia Garza as “trained Marxists.”

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump’s attorneys, visited the White House last month and told reporters while departing that Black Lives Matter is a “Marxist organization” that was “planning to destroy the police for three years.”

Trump also told “Fox & Friends” he disapproves of the role of Antifa, or so-called “Anti-fascist,” activists who have clashed with authorities in Portland and other cities since Floyd’s death in May.

Trump slammed a remark from Rep. Jerry Nadler (R-NY) that Antifa violence was “a myth.”

“This isn’t being naive. This is being untruthful. These are lying people, these are untruthful people,” Trump said.

He added that he believes “you have Democrats funding them. They say [George] Soros and they say other people — who knows.”

Trump did not provide specific information about the claim that Democrats fund Antifa groups. But Soros, the left-wing billionaire investor, said last month that he would distribute $150 million to “Black-led justice organizations that helped to create and now sustain the momentum” of recent protests.

Trump added in the Fox News interview about Antifa: “You see them standing there with weapons that are expensive, with signs that were made — literally they have signs, some of their little marches, they have signs that were made in a high-class printing shop. I like the signs that are made in a basement, they mean a lot more.”

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