President Barack Obama responded to a petition demanding that the White House officially designate “Black Lives Matter” as a terrorist organisation.

“[T]errorism is defined as ‘the use of violence and intimidation in pursuit of political aims’,” the 6 July “We the People” petitionreads. “This definition is the same definition used to declare Isis and other groups, as terrorist organisations.”

The petition cited demonstrations in Ferguson, Baltimore, and “even at a Bernie Sanders rally” as reasons for the designation.

“It is time for the pentagon (sic) to be consistent in its actions,” the petition continued, “and just as they rightfully declared Isis a terror group, they must declare Black Lives Matter a terror group on the grounds of principle, integrity, morality, and safety.”

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