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GOP congressman on Donald Trump’s disavowal of white nationalists: How come Obama “didn’t condemn Black Lives Matter,” though?

Wisconsin Rep. Sean Duffy compared Black Lives Matter to the alt-right during his appearance on CNN’s “The Lead” on Tuesday.

Duffy first said President-elect Donald Trump’s recent condemnation of the alt-right is “a good thing.”

“I think it’s important that a leader step forward and make the right move, which is what he did,” he added. “My concern is that Barack Obama, when he had a chance, didn’t condemn the riots across America that were in protest of Donald Trump’s victory in the election, or didn’t condemn Black Lives Matter.”

Of his alt-right fanbase, Trump said, “I disavow and condemn them,” during his on-the-record meeting with The New York Times on Tuesday. Trump further defended his top advisor, former campaign chair Steve Bannon, who formerly headed notoriously fringe-right Breitbart News:

Pressed to explain how the Black Lives Matter and #NotMyPresident movements were by any measure as bad as a group of white nationalists, Duffy said the political protesters were “taking to the streets and damaging property, pulling people out of cars and beating them up, little girls getting beaten up in school for supporting Donald Trump.”

“They’re different kinds of activity by each group, but both groups need to be condemned,” he added. “It’s one thing if you stand on a sidewalk and hold a sign and protest — that’s the American First Amendment right to protest. But when you get violent and you damage property and you hurt people, that’s something completely different.”

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Brendan Gauthier is assistant editor at Salon.

Brendan Gauthier.

Source: Salon: in-depth news, politics, business, technology & culture > Politics

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