Black Lives Matter, a movement sprouted from the racial mistreatment of police officers towards men and women of color, was targeted by Fox News host Sean Hannity this week when he compared them to the Ku Klux Klan.
Hannity expressed discontent with the Democratic party after news surfaced that the DNC would allow the BLM group to host a town hall forum with candidates. Joined by fellow Fox News host Juan Williams and radio host Larry Elder during a segment called “Race In America” on Wednesday, Hannity compared the advocacy group to the Ku Klux Klan.
His comparison stemmed from the chant “pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon,” which was said during a BLM protest in Minnesota that occurred hours after the death of a Houston police officer. Minnesota Black Lives Matter leader Rashad Turner told reporters in August that the chant wasn’t meant to condone violence against police officers.
After Hannity continued to throw around the KKK in comparison with BLM, Williams and Elder got on the same page to defend the group.
“Why don’t you let the [Ku Klux] Klan host the party?” Hannity asked.
Elder said the Democratic Party is “scared to death” about Donald Trump. Polls indicate black voters’ growing support for Trump, he said, which chips away at what has traditionally been a “monolithic” voting bloc for Democrats and could help explain the party’s acceptance of the movement.
Williams tried to explain the movement’s mission.
“They’re a special interest group and they are saying they want attention for their issue,” Williams said.
“Right, the ‘pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon’ group,” Hannity interrupted.
“I don’t think that’s fair,” Williams said.
Black Lives Matter has continued to come under fire from critics. Over the summer, a White man from Texas was outed for defacing his own car and blaming it on BLM members to get a check from his insurance company. Other Fox hosts have also slammed the group as racist and anti-police – even amidst their largely peaceful protests.