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Sen. Marsha Blackburn decried Left-wing “cancel culture” during a radio interview on Friday after being called “inbred racist trash” online by a former adviser to 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton because she pointed out that Black Lives Matter us “run by ‘trained Marxists.’”
In an interview with Fox News Radio’s Guy Benson, the Tennessee Republican referenced a tweet from Adam Parkhomenko, also a former field director for the Democratic National Committee, who responded to a tweet she had initially posted about the BLM movement.
“The life of every African American matters. But Black Lives Matter is a 501 (c)(3) organization run by ‘trained Marxists.’ We cannot allow our great country to be destroyed under the pretense of social justice,” Blackburn tweeted.
“You are inbred racist trash. Please f**k off,” Parkhomenko responded.
**Warning: Strong language
You are inbred racist trash. Please fuck off
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) July 13, 2020
Blackburn is factually correct in that one of the movement’s co-founders, Patrisse Cullors, has described herself and the others as “trained Marxists.” Her comments came during an interview promoting her 2018 book, “When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir.”
“The first thing, I think, is that we actually do have an ideological frame. Myself and Alicia, in particular, are trained organizers,” she said, the New York Post initially reported.
“We are trained Marxists,” Cullors noted further. “We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories. And I think that what we really tried to do is build a movement that could be utilized by many, many black folk.”
On Benson’s show, Blackburn specifically addressed Parkhomenko’s comment.
Listen at the 20-minute mark:
“You can agree to disagree, but this nation has been kept strong, we have remained vigilant, we have stayed free because we agree to disagree and have robust, respectful, bipartisan political debate,” she adds.
Benson pointed out that “the whims of mobs seem to be prevailing in many quarters.”
“This is one of Hillary Clinton’s inner circle and I think that’s what surprised many people,” Blackburn said. “People felt like it was over-the-top.”
“We know that they don’t apologize and they don’t make excuses,” she continued. “What they try to do is just make a mess and leave it for somebody else to clean up.”
The Tennessee senator added that she has heard “not a word” from the Hillary operative since.
“When you look at cancel culture, this is what happens…in socialistic, Marxist societies,” she continued. “It is what is happening in China and what is being done to freedom fighters in Hong Kong.
“This is what you see happen in other societies where they do not allow people to exercise their free speech.”
For his part, Parkhomenko joined then-DNC chief Donna Brazile — now a Fox News contributor after having been fired by CNN for providing Clinton with debate questions ahead of time — in September 2016 as she transitioned into the position.
“Parkhomenko was co-founder and executive director of Ready for Hillary, a grassroots effort that organized millions of Americans on behalf of Secretary Clinton,” says his LinkedIn page.
“In early April 2015, Parkhomenko joined Clinton’s official campaign as Director of Grassroots Engagement. Secretary Clinton also named him Director for the Maryland and District of Columbia primaries, which she won by 30 and 58 points, respectively,” the page says.
“Prior to founding Ready for Hillary, Parkhomenko worked for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and in several roles for Secretary Clinton dating back to 2003.”
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