In a speech that began with a memorial to emergency responders who died on and after 9/11, State Sen. Michael Doherty (R-Oxford) claimed systemic racism did not exist and charged the Black Lives Matter movement was a Marxist organization.
“These demands to defund the police are based upon allegations of systemic racism being thrown about by Marxist organizations such as Black Lives Matter, which have burned cities, burned Churches, destroyed private property and terrorized American citizens,” Doherty said at a 9/11 commemoration ceremony in Hunterdon County.
Video captured by former Hunterdon County Democratic Chairman Joey Novick shows the Warren County conservative pointing to President Barack Obama’s election to claim systemic racism does not exist.
“The United States does not have systemic racism. It is an evil lie. We must have the courage to oppose these wicked, baseless allegations,” he said. “What does system racism mean? How is systemic racism defined? Is it systemic racism when an African American, Barack Obama, is elected twice as president of the United States?”
He went on to claim that the Defund the Police movement, a call to shift resources and certain police responsibilities away from law enforcement agencies and to social work and other community services, was an effort to destabilize the nation.
“Are we a civilized society under the rule of law or not? The call to defund the police is part of an agenda that seeks to create chaos and mayhem in the United States,” he said. “These forces want the police out of the way so that the lawless agenda can be fully implemented. The only thing standing in the way is the blue line.”
You can watch Doherty’s speech here. The senator begins speaking five minutes and 10 seconds into the video. His comments on Black Lives Matter, defunding the police and systemic racism begin seven minutes and 15 seconds into the video.