The Black Lives Matter movement lost a lot of support when its leaders failed to condemn the widespread violence and looting conducted in the wake of George Floyd’s death, according to Turning Point USA’s Rob Smith.
Protesters took to the street at the end of last month after George Floyd’s death in custody in the US city of Minneapolis on May 25th.
The images of Mr Floyd pinned to the floor beneath the knee of police officer Derek Chauvin inspired protests across the country.
Mr Chauvin has subsequently been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Three other offices involved in Mr Floyd’s death have also been charged.
While many protested police brutality peacefully, there were also shocking examples of violence, particularly in Minneapolis where widespread looting, riots and arson took place.
Mr Smith told Sky News the response to Mr Floyd’s death show the “hypocrisy of what is going on” in Black Lives Matter movement.
“The vast majority of people that were affected by the devastated in Minneapolis, which by the way there is devastated in New York City, devastation in Atlanta, the people who are going to be living with the effects of this are African American,” he said.
To excuse some of the brutality we saw in those riots, to excuse the destruction, to excuse the amount of people who had their livelihoods absolutely destroyed in the names of Black Lives Matter… I don’t think it’s a good thing to excuse it.”
Where a lot of the leaders of that movement truly lost me, and I believe they lost a lot of people, is when they didn’t speak out against this destruction when this first started because it helped them further their agenda.”