Rush Limbaugh has once again weighed in on the Black Lives Matter movement following the deadly shootings in Dallas that left five police officers dead and several more injured.
Limbaugh seems to be echoing the beliefs of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani in calling out the group as being the cause of the shootings rather than separate and apart from it.
The Huffington Post‘s John Amato took Giuliani to task for comments like these.
“I think the reason there’s a target on police officers backs is because of groups like Black Lives Matter. They make it seem like all police are against blacks.”
Amato called Giuliani a “cretinous jacka**” for that particular statement, and it appears he will have to dust off a few more insults once he hears what Rush Limbaugh had to say about the matter.
On the conservative talk show host’s recent episode, he said that Black Lives Matter is “quickly becoming a terrorist group.”
— The Hill (@thehill) July 9, 2016
Referring back to President Obama’s praise for the group that protests instances of police-on-black violence, Limbaugh said BLM was “exactly who they were then as they are today.”
“They’re a terrorist group,” he added. “They’re quickly becoming a terrorist group committing hate crimes. And the attorney general today is saying that she’s going to look into this, investigate this as a hate crime, which is amazing they’re not trying to find out if this guy is a member of the Tea Party.”
Conservatives like Rush Limbaugh and Rudy Giuliani are serving as a reminder of the deep divide between the political left and right within the United States.
For BLM’s part, they quickly issued a statement in the wake of the Dallas murders — which happened against the backdrop of a Black Lives Matter protest — condemning the actions of Micah Johnson, the alleged lone wolf gunman, who was killed by an explosive device in the fallout with Dallas Police.
The BLM statement first reminded press of the “recorded murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of police, the latest victims in this country’s failed policing system.”
From there, BLM stated that incidents like these are why they stage “peaceful” protests, and that that is exactly what was occurring in Dallas when the attacks on police officers went down.
The statement continued (hat tip to Mediaite).
“Their [protestors’] efforts were cut short when a lone gunman targeted and attacked 11 police officers, killing five. This is a tragedy — both for those who have been impacted by yesterday’s attack and for our democracy. There are some who would use these events to stifle a movement for change and quicken the demise of a vibrant discourse on the human rights of Black Americans. We should reject all of this.
“Black activists have raised the call for an end to violence, not an escalation of it. Yesterday’s attack was the result of the actions of a lone gunman. To assign the actions of one person to an entire movement is dangerous and irresponsible. We continue our efforts to bring about a better world for all of us.”
Rush Limbaugh has been quite active since this statement went out, so it’s unlikely BLM did anything to win him over — and that certainly wasn’t the intent.
On Friday, Rush posted six individual posts to his personal Facebook page that discussed the “war on cops” and how “the left” is trying to lay the Dallas attacks at the feet of conservatives and Republicans.
Rush Limbaugh interviewed the author of this book for more than 30 minutes today. pic.twitter.com/no2iZxtSZM
— Ben Owen, HRK (@hrkbenowen) July 8, 2016
He also criticized Democrats for trying to politicize a tragedy to “advance their agenda.”
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