Fox News and the racist right wing of the Republican Party have effectively demonized the #BlackLivesMatter in many quarters of the country by marginalizing their importance, disqualifying their grievances and dismissing them as thugs. This is why rotund New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was confident — if not arrogant — in denouncing the organization as wanna-be cop killers and expressed no interest in meeting to discussing policy changes for African Americans, according to The Hill.
“I want the Black Lives Matter people to understand: Don’t call me for a meeting,” he said, according to The New Jersey Star-Ledger. “You’re not getting one.”
“I think all lives matter,” Christie added during a town hall at Mickey’s Country Café in Bettendorf, Iowa.
“When a movement like that calls for the murder of police officers … no president of the United States should dignify a group like that by saying anything positive about them,” the Republican White House hopeful added.
“No candidate for president, like [Democratic front-runner] Hillary Clinton, should give them any credibility by meeting with them, as she’s done.”
Christie mocked Clinton for micromanaging the questions she encounters during her own town halls.
“It would be wrong for me to say who does town halls like that,” he said. “I shouldn’t say the person’s name, but her initials are Hillary Rodham Clinton.,” “We cannot let Hillary Rodham Clinton be the next president of the Untied States,” Christie later said, according to the newspaper.
Leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement quickly retorted to the robust governor with this Twitter posting: