In an interview on Wednesday, Aug. 5, with “Fox & Friends,” the president said of the Black Lives Matter moveme, “It’s a Marxist group that is not looking for good things for our country” and criticized NBA athletes who kneel in its name during the national anthem.

President Trump answered questions for nearly an hour in the interview, and topics included mail-in voting versus absentee voting, the reopening of schools, the imminent banning of TikTok, the reason he withdrew troops from Germany, and Joe Biden’s inclination for all these radical leftist ideas.

When asked about the athletes in the NBA, and certainly the NFL and MLB, who kneel during the anthem and all the athletes who wear a shirt with the Black Lives Matters message on it, the president said, “Black Lives Matter, when did it start? Marching down the street screaming ‘pigs in a blanket, fry them like bacon.’ They were talking about policemen and women. All of sudden, this is taking on this air of great respectability. Well, how does it start there? It’s a Marxist group. It’s a Marxist group that is not looking for good things for our country and now I see these leagues all kneeling down.”

The president added, “When I see people kneeling during the playing and disrespecting our flag and disrespecting our national anthem, what I do personally is turn off the game and the ratings for basketball are way down.”

The president said he found all of this disgraceful because his administration worked hard to get sports back on its feet, reopen it, and when he sees them on their knees, he just stops caring about the game, and he’s also heard that many people feel the same way.

We have to stand up for our flag, we have to stand up for our country, we have to stand up for our anthem, and a lot of people agree with me. Hey, if I am wrong, then I am going to lose an election and that’s OK with me. I am always going to stand for our country and flag,” exclaimed the president.

With regard to what the Black Lives Matters movement seeks, the president emphasized how much his administration has done for the benefit of the African American community, including low unemployment, funding for schools and colleges, and criminal reform. 

When asked how the United States can heal the wound left by racism, the president said that the only way is the success of the country and that before the pandemic they were very close to achieving this. He explained that when everyone has good jobs, good pay is when the nation can heal and that the country is on its way back to that path.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), in his keynote speech yesterday at the subcommittee on the Constitution hearing, said he agreed with the meaning of the phrase “black lives matter” and that the country needs to work against inequality and police brutality, but this is not what the Black Lives Matter movement is accomplishing, because the African American community has been one of the most affected during these riots and the ideas like defunding the police that they promote can only bring chaos and destruction for all Americans.