President Donald Trump falsely linked the Black Lives Matter motion to an anti-police chant, “Pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon,” in the course of the last presidential debate on Thursday.
Moderator Kristen Welker, who’s Black, requested Trump whether or not his language describing Black Lives Matter as a logo of hate, contributed “to a local weather of hate and racial strife.”
In response, Trump introduced up an anti-police chant that he and his marketing campaign have often used, with out context, to malign and criticize the Black Lives Matter motion, which for years has mobilized tens of hundreds of largely peaceable and decentralized demonstrations for racial justice and towards police brutality.
“The primary time I ever heard of Black Lives Matter, they had been chanting ‘pigs in a blanket’ speaking about police,” Trump mentioned. “Pigs, speaking about our police. ‘Pigs in a blanket, fry them like bacon.’ I mentioned that is a horrible factor. And so they had been marching down the road. That was my first glimpse of Black Lives Matter.”
Trump then went on to say he was “the least racist individual on this room.”
In a July tweet criticizing New York Metropolis Mayor Invoice de Blasio for portray a Black Lives Matter signal on fifth Avenue, Trump referred to the “horrible BLM chant, ‘Pigs In A Blanket, Fry ‘Em Like Bacon.'”
As CNN reported in July, these phrases had been chanted at a 2015 protest march held by a gaggle in St. Paul, Minnesota, that was unbiased of, and never affiliated with, the nationwide Black Lives Matter group.
Rashad Turner, the organizer of the protest, instructed the St. Paul Pioneer Press on the time that the mantra was not selling violence towards police, however to precise that police who kill Black folks ought to “fry” as different murderers do.
The mantra lasted about 30 seconds in the course of the hours-long march, protesters instructed the paper.
A police discipline supervisor overseeing the protest reportedly commented after the mantra, “All people likes bacon. I feel we are able to all get behind that.”
CNN’s fact-checkers reported that they may discover no proof that chant was utilized by the Black Lives Matter nationwide group or by BLM activists outdoors Minnesota.
For the reason that 2015 protest, there have been hundreds of Black Lives Matter protests, a lot of that are organized by unbiased teams or people who align themselves with the motion’s name for racial justice, however who aren’t affiliated with the nationwide group.
So, whereas CNN couldn’t say for sure that this explicit chant had by no means been used at every other protests, it’s undoubtedly not an official chant or slogan used or endorsed by the Black Lives Matter motion.
In a yr marked by anti-racism protests over the police killings and shootings of Black folks, Trump and his marketing campaign have continually mischaracterized these protesters as violent, whereas utilizing canine whistles and overt appeals to far-right violent teams and white supremacists.
In the course of the first presidential debate, Trump instructed the Proud Boys, a far-right males’s group with a historical past of instigating violence, to “stand again and stand by,” prompting celebration amongst members who heeded it as a name to motion.