More On: John Fetterman
The website for Pennsylvania Democrat John Fetterman's campaign for the U.S. Senate no longer talks about Black Lives Matter.
Under the heading "What John believes," a copy of the page that was saved on July 15 talked about Fetterman's support for Black Lives Matter.
"Black Lives Matter," it says. John was mayor of a city where more than 80% of the people are black, and he has been a strong supporter of the idea that Black lives matter for a long time, long before it became a hashtag," it said.
Since then, the reference to "Black Lives Matter" has been taken out. Thomas Catenacci and Kyle Morris of Fox News Digital were the first to report this on Wednesday. In a statement, the campaign's communications director, Joe Calvello, said that a "personalized video" from Fetterman that was added to the website in April still talks about Black Lives Matter. Archives show that the reference that is no longer on the page was there as early as February 2021.
"The one section you seem to be talking about was taken out when we updated and greatly grew our issues page a few weeks ago," Calvello told the outlet. "Voters have a right to know where we stand, and we're proud that our website makes that clear."
Fetterman is the lieutenant governor of the Keystone State. He has been criticized for comments he made in the past about voter ID requirements and how he thinks they would keep "poor" and minority voters in Pennsylvania from voting.
A completely racist comment. Sadly, it’s unsurprising from Democrat John Fetterman— the same guy who pulled a shotgun on an unarmed and innocent black jogger. https://t.co/lwPiEVcXc1— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 29, 2022
Fetterman’s remarks came during an interview with Brian Tyler Cohen in December 2021 that gained attention in a Fox News article last month:
In my own state, they are going to pass, attempt to pass, a constitutional amendment making sure that universal voting ID for every time you vote, not just when you sign up to vote, but every time you vote, because they understand at any given time there’s tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians who typically are on the poorer side and are people of color that are less likely to have their ID at any one given time. They understand that that could shave up to anywhere between 70,000-90,000 votes.
After the clip went viral, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said that Fetterman's comments were "completely racist."
John Binder of Breitbart News wrote that there is no proof that "voter ID laws make it harder for black Americans to vote."