Elisabeth Hasselbeck, cohost of "Fox & Friends," received backlash after asking on Monday's show why the Black Lives Matter movement is not classified as a hate group.
Hasselbeck was speaking with Kevin Jackson, a conservative African-American commentator and author of "The BIG Black Lie," about a controversial anti-police chant offered by Black Lives Matter protesters at a recent rally in Minnesota: "Pigs in a blanket/ Fry them like bacon!"
Hasselbeck noted that the chant came just days after Houston Deputy Darren Goforth was shot in the back while pumping gas.
"Kevin, why has the Black Lives Matter movement not been classified yet as a hate group?" asked Hasselbeck. "I mean, how much more has to go in this direction before someone actually labels it as such?"
"Well they should do it, but unfortunately it's being financed by the leftists . . . Ironically it's people that have nothing, really no concern at all about black lives," Jackson replied.
Jackson added that chants about violence to police are "going to backfire" and make the Black Lives Matter unappealing to a vast number of people.
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, Hasselbeck's former cohost from "The View," Rosie O'Donnell, tweeted in defense of the group, and said of Hasselbeck, "some r slow 2 wake."
The Black Lives Matter movement has previously interrupted Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sander and Martin O'Malley during public speeches, demanding they pledge their support.
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