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Republicans and the Conservative Media Hate #BlackLivesMatter

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Bono once said, "The less you know, the more you believe."

On September 1, "Fox and Friends" host Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked black conservative guest Kevin Jackson "...why has the Black Lives Matter movement not been classified as a hate group? How much more has to go in this direction before someone actually labels it as such?"

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Hasselbeck's question spurred by reports of police killings that have occurred in the past few weeks by outlaws, and in some cases, mentally disturbed persons. The conversation lasted about five minutes as Hasselbeck, Jackson, and the other "Fox and Friends" hosts salivated mercilessly against the movement, blazed in labeling it "domestic terrorism" that advocated for violent tactics in seeking vengeance against the police that have killed unarmed black men and women.

Though no evidence was presented by the host of "Fox and Friends," it became clear that it was imperative for them to link BLM with the "string of deaths" of police officers. In doing so, they inferred some protesters that chanted "Fry'em like bacon," was evidence enough. Thus BLM in Fox News purview were guilty of the slain officers, from Chicago, to Minnesota, and elsewhere. Upon learning of the charge, immediately, St. Paul organizer Rashad Turner responded that BLM did not condone violence against the police. Other leaders in the BLM reiterated Turner's message.

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Unfortunately, the message fell on death ears. Later that day on "The O'Reilly Factor" show, host Bill O'Reilly stated he would take the movement down. He reiterated earlier sentiments that BLM is the enemy and something to fear. That in fact, the group deserved imprisonment and should be stripped of their constitutional rights.

The conservative media believing they had discovered a clear-path to ruining the movement, seized. Rush Limbaugh said, "People wondering, 'Gee, why all these attacks on the cops?' Anybody remember 'hands up, don't shot?' All this Black Lives Matter - Somebody will allege that Black Lives Matter maybe is a hate group. And people erupt. 'How can you say that? They are a peace-loving protest organization. What do you mean, a hate group?' Well, I'm just listening to what they say." And of course, in the conservative circle, President Obama was responsible too. Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke told Fox News "President Obama has breathed life into this ugly movement."

Sen. Ted Cruz told the media "Cops across this country are feeling the assault, whether it's in Ferguson or Baltimore, the response of senior officials of the president, of the attorney general, is to vilify law enforcement." Gov. Scott Walker said "Instead of hope and change, we've seen racial tensions worsen and a tendency to use law enforcement as a scapegoat." Last year, Rudy Giuliani blamed the president for the 2014 killings of two cops in New York, "We've had four months of propaganda starting with the president that everybody should hate the police."

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Of course, all the rhetoric and shame blaming contradicts the motto of Republicanism, considering conservatives brag constantly about their philosophy of limited government, individual rights, and personal responsibility. The truth is it's about pandering to the status quo. That status quo is the white race, in addition to the military and the police. This mentality of protectionism is always in opposition to anyone outside the parameters of the status quo. Thus, Republican's once the party of Lincoln, seem more like the Dixiecrats and George Wallace: despising all strains of black political movements.

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