07 Oct Michelle Obama Dishonestly Claims ‘Only a Tiny Fraction’ of BLM Protests Have Been Violent
The former first lady claimed President Trump was “stoking fears about black and brown Americans” by blaming, in part, what she described as “an overwhelmingly peaceful movement for racial solidarity.”
With polls showing support dropping for Black Lives Matter and their protests, the push is on to rehabilitate the movement in an effort to stave off the possibility it could hurt the Biden-Harris presidential ticket one month from now.
Helping lead the charge to portray BLM in the most flattering of lights is Michelle Obama. The former first lady released a 24-minute video Tuesday titled “Closing Argument” where she tried to make the case for Joe Biden by, among other things, trotting out the usual Democrat accusations of racism against President Trump.
One argument she used in order to “prove” her point was in bringing up the supposedly “peaceful protests” that have taken place in Democrat-run cities like Portland since the death of George Floyd.
In what appeared to be an appeal to working-class white voters, Mrs. Obama talked about how it must be “frustrating to hear some folks” (presumably protesters) “say that you’re the beneficiary of privilege”:
It is frustrating to hear some folks say that you’ve been the beneficiary of privilege, that the color of your skin gives you a headstart. That is the reality for far too many hard-working decent Americans.
Trump is trying to capitalize on that frustration, she alleged, “by giving folks someone to blame other than them” and “stoking fears about black and brown Americans” by blaming, in part, what she described as “an overwhelmingly peaceful movement for racial solidarity.” There was “research”, she said, that backed up her claim:
But right now, the president and his allies are trying to tap into that frustration and distract from his breathtaking failures by giving folks someone to blame other than them. They’re stoking fears about black and brown Americans, lying about how minorities will destroy the suburbs, whipping up violence and intimidation and they’re pinning it all on what’s been an overwhelmingly peaceful movement for racial solidarity. It’s true, research backs it up. Only a tiny fraction of demonstrations have had any violence at all.