Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) criticized the Black Lives Matter movement on Wednesday, accusing it of “bullying people.”
“I think they should change their name maybe, if they were ‘All Lives Matter’ or ‘Innocent Lives Matter,'” Paul told Fox News host Sean Hannity. “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.”
Members of the movement have often pointed out that using the phrase “all lives matter” is a means for opponents to downplay the number of black deaths as a result of excessive force by law enforcement officials. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley was booed when he used the phrase “every life matters” during the Netroots Nation progressive conference earlier this month. He later apologized for doing so.
The protest at Netroots touched off a series of appearances by activists connected to the movement at events featuring O’Malley and fellow Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, as well as GOP candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Protesters also met with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after reportedly being blocked from attending one of her events.
Both Paul and Hannity also talked up the Tea Party senator’s outreach efforts to black communities.
“I’ve appeared with many members of the Congressional Black Caucus to talk about criminal justice,” the senator said. “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 did not mention that he tried to argue to a Howard student that bringing up Republican voter suppression efforts in the present day was demeaning to the civil rights movement.
Watch the interview, as aired on Wednesday, below.
Chasten Buttigieg says he’s been dealing with people like Rush Limbaugh ‘my entire life’
Mayor Pete Buttigieg's husband Chasten appeared on ABC News, where he was asked about the recent attack on he and his spouse by right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh.
"They're looking at Mayor Pete, 37-year-old gay guy, mayor of South Bend, loves to kiss his husband on the debate stage," Limbaugh said during his show before Valentine's Day. "And they're saying, OK, how's this going to look, 37-year-old gay guy kissing his husband on stage next to Mr. Man Donald Trump? What's going to happen there?"
"America's still not ready to elect a gay guy kissing his husband on the debate stage president," he said.
Fox News host: Trump shouldn’t suffer any backlash if he pardons Roger Stone
Fox News doesn't think there's anything wrong with pardoning Roger Stone and there shouldn't be any political consequences for excusing the coverup.
The Daily Beast captured anchor Harris Faulkner championing the pardon before Judge Amy Berman Jackson even passed down the sentence.
Co-host Carley Shimkus said that Trump has no choice but to pardon Stone as soon as possible because it's such a “controversial decision.” The closer Trump gets to the November election, the worse it could be for Trump.
Faulkner said it would be in Trump’s “character” to pardon Stone quickly, but because he loves pardons so much. She explained it's his only unilateral power. Typically, presidents wait until the end of their term to pardon friends or controversial people.
WATCH: Roger Stone greeted with ‘Lock Him Up!’ chants after getting sentenced to 40 months
Trump ally Roger Stone frequently led chants of "Lock her up!" about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign -- but on Thursday, the table decisively turned.
After Stone was sentenced to 40 months in prison for charges of perjury, witness tampering, and obstruction of justice, a crowd of people greeted the right-wing dirty trickster by chanting, "Lock him up!" outside the courthouse.
At least one supporter of President Donald Trump tried to get a "pardon" chant going, but they were drowned out by the louder "Lock him up" chants.
Watch the video below.