President Donald Trump has slammed the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement in the United States as an extremist movement, calling its supporters as "fools."
Speaking on Friday at an election campaign in Atlanta, Georgia, Trump said, “This is an unusual name for an organization whose ideology and tactics are right now destroying many black lives ... hurting the Black community.”
Trump also sought to blame the clashes that have accompanied some racial pro-justice protests in US cities on the movement.
He claimed the “stated goal of BLM organization people is to achieve the destruction of the nuclear family, abolish the police, abolish prisons, abolish border security, abolish capitalism, and abolish school choice.”
“This is not the agenda of the black community,” . Trump said, adding, “This is the agenda of an extreme socialist or worse.”
Trump criticized those who “out of weakness or fear, or whatever reason,,. [were] donating hundreds of millions of dollars to them.”
“These are fools,” the president said. “The big progressive corporations donating to BLM should instead be spending their money helping black families rebuild from these horrible left-wing riots.”
Trump said he had come to Atlanta to announce his Platinum Plan for the betterment of the black communities.
"I"m here today to announce a brand new plan to deliver more opportunity, more security, more fairness, and more prosperity to black communities. We call it the Platinum Plan, and that's a contract with Black Americans," he said as he seeks black votes for the upcoming presidential election.
With only 6 weeks left to the 2020 election, the "Platinum Plan" aims to court black votes for Trump's reelection.
The plan pledges to create 3 million new jobs for African Americans, in addition to establishing 500,000 new businesses owned by African Americans.
In the meantime, the killing of unarmed black man George Floyd by a white policeman in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25 has given the BLM a platform to speak more forcefully against racial injustice.
Floyd’s death, followed by other racial incidents, sparked a pro-justice anti-racism movement in the United States that has continued for months despite the coronavirus pandemic.