A U.S. Senate candidate in Arizona who has been endorsed by Donald Trump blamed “Black people” for gang warfare and gun violence.
Discussing the “gun violence problem” on a talk show two months ago, Senate candidate Blake Masters said: “It’s gangs. It’s people in Chicago, St. Louis shooting each other. Very often, you know, Black people, frankly. And the Democrats don’t want to do anything about that.”
Masters, a venture capitalist who has major financial backing from tech billionaire Peter Thiel, is seeking the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in the Arizona primary on Aug. 2.
In a statement, Masters stood by his comments and criticized “the media backlash” accusing him of racism.
“Journalists only cover shootings where the shooters and victims fit a certain profile,” Masters said. “But most victims of gun murder in America are black men. And most perpetrators of gun murder in America are black men. These are simple facts, go look up the FBI crime statistics and CDC cause of death data while you still can.”
Masters said: “There’s an epidemic of violence that’s killing young black men in America,” and “I actually want to solve it.”
Masters also backs Trump’s false claims about voter fraud during the 2020 presidential election in which President Joe Biden carried the state of Arizona.
Masters has also been videotaped aggressively shoving a man wearing a Black Lives Matter shirt who attended one of his campaign events.
The things that would help curb gun violence — broadening health care access, curbing gun access and funding social programs — are literally tenets of the Democratic agenda that Republicans vehemently oppose. If Blake Masters is looking to blame someone for gun violence, he should start with the old, white guys running the GOP before opening his mouth to slander Black people.