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NC congressman: Charlotte protesters 'hate white people'

Posted 8:13 p.m. Thursday
Updated 5:54 p.m. Friday

Robert Pittenger

— In an interview with BBC Newsnight, Republican 9th District Congressman Robert Pittenger said protesters in Charlotte "hate white people because white people are successful and they're not."

“The grievance in their minds, the animus, the anger – they hate white people because white people are successful and they’re not,” Pittenger said when asked to describe the “grievance” of the people protesting.

North Carolina Democratic Party Director Kimberly Reynolds called Pittenger's remarks "inexcusable."

"At a time when we need calm and understanding while we learn more about the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, Congressman Pittenger is fanning the flames of hate with his racist rhetoric. This sort of bigotry has become all too common under the party of (presidential nominee) Donald Trump. Our great state should not be represented by someone who would make such hateful comments. Congressmen Pittenger must apologize, and Governor (Pat) McCrory and every Republican leader in this state should denounce this hateful rhetoric immediately," Reynolds said.

Pittenger apologized for his remarks via Twitter Thursday night.

"My answer to BBC doesn't reflect who I am. I was quoting statements made by angry protesters last night on National TV. Not my intent. My intent was to discuss the lack of economic mobility for African Americans because of failed policies. I apologize to those I offended and I hope we can bring peace and calm to Charlotte," he said.

On Friday, Pittenger apoligized again on CNN.

“What is taking place in my hometown right now breaks my heart. My anguish led me to respond to a reporter’s question in a way that I regret. The answer doesn’t reflect who I am. I was quoting statements made by angry protestors last night on national TV. My intent was to discuss the lack of economic mobility for African-Americans because of failed policies. I apologize to those I offended and hope we can bring peace and calm to Charlotte," he said.   

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  • Clarence Drumgoole Sep 23, 11:50 p.m.
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    Fool thought he was Trump for a minute. Oh well, another one bite the dust, he won't be re-elected!

  • Chris Cole Sep 23, 11:28 p.m.
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    Speaking of someone not getting out of bed that often... might be time you got some fresh air every once in awhile. I can't imagine living under a rock is good for your health.

  • Benjamin Kite Sep 23, 7:04 p.m.
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    First of all, looting is not protesting. There are people who are protesting, but they aren't committing crimes. Pittenger and all racists want you to believe that protestors are looters and vice versa. We get to decide whether this portrayal of us is accurate, and whether black lives do matter, in November. THIS STATE WILL BE BLUE VERY SOON.

  • Sheila Rohrbach Sep 23, 5:46 p.m.
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    and who is providing all these people with free lunch, free health care, food stamps,,,,because a lot of them don't have the drive to get out of bed in the morning and look for something,,,even flipping burgers and who keeps them comfortable? the taxed to the max citizens of NC. Amazing what these cell phone videos have created.

  • Aiden Audric Sep 23, 1:27 p.m.
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    Hoping that's sarcasm.

    If an angry, irrational rioter yells a hyperbolic statement, should a calm, "rational" politician who represents every single constituent respond with blacks "hate white people because white people are successful and they're not"?

    His backtrack was more-or-less an affirmation of what he really meant: he thinks minorities are inferior.

    Well, maybe he was supporting minorities. "Whites are successful, blacks are not" because white people oppress them and won't let them succeed, and we need to work on that." Yeah, nope, no matter how I try to spin it for him, I think he was crystal clear.

  • Chris Cole Sep 23, 1:04 p.m.
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    Just leave the political mumbo-jumbo out of it. You're still labeling if you change liberal to progressive left.

  • Alan Womack Sep 23, 12:38 p.m.
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    Oprah was wrong on one count. They need to take their racist children with them if we're ever going to see an end to the idiocy of racism in the world. If the truth hurts, so be it. You'll get over it I'm certain.

  • Alan Womack Sep 23, 12:35 p.m.
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    Typical Klan politician. Wouldn't expect anything less from our Republican teabillies.

  • Jimmy Jones Sep 23, 11:23 a.m.
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    Preach it

  • Vince DiSena Sep 23, 11:02 a.m.
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    Just choose another adjective. Progressive Left?

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