Rudy Giuliani Sparks Outrage With Black Lives Matter Remarks: 'The Real Danger Are Other Black Kids'
Rudy Giuliani sparked national outrage with comments he made about the Black Lives Matter movement Sunday.
Speaking on CBS's "Face the Nation," the former New York City mayor referred to the anti-police brutality movement as "inherently racist" and went on to suggest its black Americans who don't think their own lives matter, not the police.
"When you say black lives matter, that's inherently racist," said Giuliani, who made tough policing a hallmark of his time as mayor. "Black lives matter. White lives matter. Asian lives matter. Hispanic lives matter. That's anti-American and it's racist."
Giuliani appeared to side wholly with police in the wake of two recent high-profile, suspicious police-involved shootings and the subsequent sniper killing of five Dallas cops.
However, he did so by blaming "black kids" for their own deaths, which has been criticized as extremely insensitive.
"The real danger to them 99 out of 100 times... are other black kids who are going to kill them. That's the way they're going to die," Giuliani said.
During a Monday appearance "Fox & Friends," Giuliani doubled down on his criticism of Black Lives Matter.
“I saved more black lives than anyone in the history of the city,” Giuliani claimed. "I took over the city with 1,924 murders; I gave it to Mayor Bloomberg with 500-plus murders. 75 percent of the people saved during that time were African-American.
"I believe I saved a lot more black lives than Black Lives Matter. I don’t see what Black Lives Matter is doing for blacks other than isolating them. All it cares about is the police shooting of blacks. It doesn’t care about the 90 percent of blacks that are killed by the blacks. That is a simple fact."
Among the figures who've thus far chastised Giuliani is civil rights leader Al Sharpton, who wrote in a New York Daily News opinion piece that the presidential also-ran revealed "an appalling lack of understanding" of the issue despite having once governed millions of black New Yorkers.
The New York Daily News' Monday cover featured the face of Philando Castile's fiancee's 4-year-old daughter, who witnessed the Minnesota's man's shooting at the hands of a police officer.
"Is she likely to kill?" the cover asks.