Sarah Palin Calls Black Lives Matter Protesters 'Thugs' And 'Rioters'

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Sarah Palin called Black Lives Matter protesters "thugs."
Sarah Palin called Black Lives Matter protesters "thugs."
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Former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin once again took aim at Black Lives Matters protesters Sunday, calling them “thugs” and demanding the media “quit claiming that these rioters are peaceful.”

In an interview on radio show “Breitbart News Sunday,” the former Alaska governor argued that the Black Lives Matter movement is in part responsible for the actions of a lone sniper (who was not affiliated with the peaceful movement) who fatally shot five police officers in Dallas last week.

“They’re not protesters,” she said. “These are thugs. They’re rioters. And yeah, I’m calling out the media, saying quit claiming that these rioters are peaceful. They’re stomping on our flag, figuratively and literally, shouting death to cops, celebrating violence.”

Her use of “thug” isn’t without racial connotations. Many argue that it’s merely the socially acceptable version of the N-word, and some members of the media have vowed not to use it.

Palin also blamed the media for “perpetuating a message that really evil people are thriving on right now as they try to intimidate and ... warp malleable minds that would believe one race matters more than another.” The movement is “the antithesis of Martin Luther King Jr’s message, it’s the antithesis of our constitution, our bill of rights, our charters of liberty that say all men are created equal,” she argued.

Of course, she thinks it’s all President Barack Obama’s fault.

“It is part of that fundamental transformation of America that Barack Obama had promised to do to America,” she said.

You can listen to the full radio interview here.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article quoted Sarah Palin as saying the media should “quit claiming that these rioters are people.” She said the media should “quit claiming that these rioters are peaceful.”

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