In the midst of nightly rioting in Charlotte, North Carolina following the shooting death by police of an armed black man, Rev. Jesse Jackson tried once again to make himself relevant.
And his attempts to rationalize the looting, violence and destruction were predictably unsuccessful.
Fox Business clip via The Washington Free Beacon
Jackson appeared Thursday on Fox Business Network’s “Coast to Coast.”
“Do you find that what happened last night got out of control when so many, when so many started attacking structures, attacking police vehicles, breaking into stores, many of them black owned businesses. Is that fair?” host Neil Cavuto asked Jackson.
“It’s not fun,” he admitted, before quoting the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.: “I think that we’ve got to see that a riot is the language of the unheard.”
Then Jackson related an event that bore no resemblance to the Charlotte shooting.
“But when the police literally, and the camera becomes the conduit of justice, shoots them with their hands up in the air, again, that’s wrong, and those who do it should face the full weight of quick justice,” Jackson said.
“But you seem to be saying that all 680 cases that we’ve seen in the past year and a half where blacks were shot by police were all that way,” Cavuto said. “Were there not some that were legitimate, where a gun was involved?”
“Shooting people in the back is not legitimate,” Jackson said, which again had nothing to do with the Charlotte shooting.
“Careful, careful. Because you always say don’t generalize,” Cavuto said.
When Jackson later claimed Charlotte police were covering up Tuesday’s incident that took the life of Keith Lamont Scott, Cavuto asked, “Would you say you went one step too far there?”
But Jackson ignored the question and quoted King again.
“So, you condone their losing and justify what they did?” Cavuto asked.
But Jackson once again ignored the question.
“You are justifying what happened last night,” Cavuto pressed.
Jackson responded that he advocates for peaceful protests.
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