Rep Sorry for “Hate White People” Remark

Robert Pittenger. Image: YouTube

A congressman who said that Charlotte protesters were demonstrating because they “hate White people” has apologized for the remark, saying he “regrets” making the statement.

Rep. Robert Pittinger, a Republican who represents parts of Charlotte and its suburbs was interviewed by a BBC “Newsnight” anchor and asked what were the protesters grievances. He responded: “The grievance in their mind is — the animus, the anger — they hate white people because white people are successful and they’re not.” He also blamed welfare programs and blamed them for holding people back.

The comment incited backlash from the public as well as Pettinger’s congressional colleagues. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, a North Carolina congressman representing the northeastern part of the state rebuked Pittenger’s statement, telling CNN he told the Pittenger his comments were “disgusting.” “It is representative of what so many other people think and the anger they have for African Americans,” said Butterfield. “That’s what [the] Black Lives Matter movement is trying to address. Whites need to understand that African Americans have been victimized. It’s not because they’re poor, it’s because they’re black.” Pittenger sent out a series of tweets expressing regret for his comments.