Peak Whitesplaining? Rand Paul Thinks Black Lives Matter Should 'Change Its Name' (VIDEO)

Former "future of the GOP" turned present also-ran Rand Paul was on Sean Hannity Wednesday night and gave the Black Lives Matter movement a healthy dose of unsolicited white advice.

"I think they should change their name," Paul insisted. "If they were ‘All Lives Matter’ or ‘Innocent Lives Matter'... I am about justice, and frankly I think a lot of poor people in our country, and many African Americans, are trapped in this war on drugs and I want to change it. But commandeering the microphone and bullying people and pushing people out of the way I think really isn’t a way to get their message across."

It was unclear how changing the name would effect taking microphones away. Sean Hannity, for his part, insisted Paul could "speak" to the African-American community more than any of the other candidates because Paul had "gone into the black community," whatever that means exactly.

Senator Paul's comments were in response to a recent interview he gave where he was seen by many to have disparaged the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Organizers for Black Lives Matter have explained that saying "Black Lives Matter" does not mean all lives don't matter, but is simply a normative statement meaning that, as of now, black lives don't matter and they should.

Watch the cringe-inducing video below (begin at 1:20 mark):

If you don't have the stomach to watch the interview, here's a .gif illustration of what happened:


h/t Buzzfeed

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