Mark Seagraves and Gina Cook, WRCTV, October 25, 2023
A group of Republicans in Congress are calling on D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to rename Black Lives Matter Plaza, saying BLM groups across the country and in the nation’s capital have made “pro-Hamas” comments on social media.
Twenty-five members of the House and Senate sent a letter to Bowser Monday asking her to “remove the street painting that reads ‘Black Lives Matter’ due to that movement’s celebration of violent antisemitic terrorism.” Sens. Marco Rubio, Thom Tillis and Marsha Blackburn, as well as Reps. Jim Banks, Ralph Norman and Josh Breechan are among those who signed the letter.
The letter cites examples of social media posts from BLM chapters after the Oct. 7 attacks on Israel that killed 1,400 people, including a post from the D.C. BLM chapter that accuses Israel of “apartheid.”
“BLM has circulated disturbing antisemitic rhetoric and images on social media and is encouraging the spread of pro-Hamas propaganda following the terrorist attacks,” Sen. Lindsay Graham said in a statement accompanying the letter.