Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani called Black Lives Matter “inherently racist” and “anti-American,” and accused the movement of calling for the murder of police officers.
His remarks come in response to the Dallas shooting in which five police officers lost their lives at the hands of a lone gunman.
Rudy also incorrectly claimed black children have “a 99% chance” of killing each other — so they shouldn’t worry so much about police brutality.
via NY Daily News:
Appearing on CBS’ “Face The Nation,” Giuliani had little to say about the deadly police shootings that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement and nationwide protests — including the one in Dallas that was ambushed by a cop killer.
Instead, he said it is up to the “blacks” to show respect to police.
“If you want to deal with this on the black side, you’ve got to teach your children to be respectful to the police, and you’ve got to teach your children that the real danger to them is not the police,” Giuliani said.
“The real danger to them, 99 out of 100 times, is other black kids who are going to kill them,” the Republican ex-mayor added, citing a statistic never shown in any research.
“That’s the way they’re gonna die.”
If he “were a black father,” he added, he’d warn his son to “be very careful of those kids in the neighborhood and don’t get involved with them because, son, there’s a 99% chance they’re going to kill you, not the police.”
The closest estimate to Giuliani’s nonsense numbers is the FBI’s 2014 homicide data, which said black victims are killed by other black people 90% of the time. The rate of white-on-white homicide, the stats say, is 82%.
Giuliani’s presidential candidate of choice, Donald Trump, last year tweeted the inaccurate claim that the black-on-black murder rate is 97%.
In his Sunday interview, Giuliani proposed no police reforms other than a “zero tolerance” policy toward “disrespect.”
As for the Black Lives Matter movement, he said its members “sing rap songs about killing police officers” and “yell it out at rallies.”
“When you say ‘black lives matter,’ that’s inherently racist,” the ex-mayor said.
“Black lives matter, white lives matter, Asian lives matter, Hispanic lives matter. That’s anti-American and it’s racist.”
Rudy Giuliani’s just old, wrong, and tacky.