The U.S. Senate campaign for Pennsylvania Democrat John Fetterman has removed a reference to the racist domestic terror movement Black Lives Matter (BLM) from its website’s “Issues” page, according to Breitbart News.
A version of the webpage that was archived on July 15 touted Fetterman’s support for Black Lives Matter under a sub-heading entitled “What John believes.”
“Black Lives Matter. John served as mayor of a city that’s more than 80% Black, and has championed the idea that Black lives matter since long before it became a hashtag,” it read.
That reference has since been removed. In a statement, the campaign’s communications director, Joe Calvello, noted that the website still makes a reference to Black Lives Matter through a “personalized video” from Fetterman that was added to the site in April.
“The one section you seem to be referencing was removed when we updated and greatly expanded our issues page weeks ago,” Calvello told the outlet. “Voters deserve to know where we stand, and we’re proud that we spell out our platform clearly on our website.”
Lt. Gov. Fetterman has come under fire for his comments in a December 2021 interview about how he believes voter ID requirements would disenfranchise “poorer” and minority voters in Pennsylvania:
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.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) blasted Fetterman’s comments as “completely racist” after the clip went viral. As Breitbart News noted at the time, there is no evidence to back up the claim that voter ID laws suppress voter turnout among black Americans.