Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul said on Wednesday night that the Black Lives Matter movement should change its name.
“I think they should change their name, maybe — if they were ‘All Lives Matter’ or ‘Innocent Lives Matter,’” Paul said during an appearance on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show. “I am about justice, and frankly I think a lot of poor people in our country, and many African-Americans, are trapped in this war on drugs, and I want to change it. But commandeering the microphone and bullying people and pushing people out of the way I think really isn’t a way to get their message across.”
“I’ve appeared with many members of the Congressional Black Caucus to talk about criminal justice, I’ve been to Howard University, I’ve discussed it in Chicago and other cities, and so I’m more than willing to discuss it, but having people take the microphone — they need to go somewhere else and they need to rent their own microphone,” Paul said.