Young Turks host Cenk Uygur slammed two Trinity, Texas police officers on Thursday for comparing institutional racism to size-based prejudice and calling the Black Lives Matter movement a hate group.
“The KKK used to hang people, lynch them, burn them alive,” Uygur said. “Black Lives Matter that says, ‘Can you please stop killing us?’ From time to time they interrupt a political conversation. I don’t agree with some of those tactics. But that is not the KKK.”
Uygur was responding to Officer Donald Givens’ saying the movement was “no different” than the Ku Klux Klan in an interview with WAGA. Givens and Police Chief Steven Jones garnered attention in comparison circles this week after posting an image of themselves with the phrase “his life matters” on one hand each, in an attempt to downplay issues of police use of force against black communities.
Uygur also denounced Jones for complaining that people were using social media to put out “hatred” toward officers, noting that Jones went online to send his response.
“We’re both fat guys,” Jones said in his video. “And there’s some hate that we endure because of that. There’s hatred that people make fun of us because of our size and all that. I don’t get mad every time somebody makes fun of my size. You can transfer that same thought process about how we deal with people making fun of us about our size to your race.”
Uygur countered that Jones was missing the point of the upswing in criticism against police.
“Nobody’s getting shot for being too fat,” he said. “It’s not like [police say], ‘Oh, driving while fat. We got a fat guy, let’s pull him over.’ Yes, overweight people maybe face other forms of discrimination. But they don’t get killed by cops at a disproportionate rate. Nobody shoots you in the head for being fat.”
In reality, Uygur argued, Jones was probably expressing sour grapes for not being able to apply pressure against social media posts the way a police department might do to local newspapers or television stations.
“Sad day for you, you can’t,” he said. “And obviously you’d be irrelevant if it weren’t for social media, so there’s a lot of irony in what you’re saying, as well.”
Watch Uygur’s commentary, as aired on Thursday, below.