Senate candidate John Fetterman, D-Pa., removed mentions of Black Lives Matter from his campaign website in the past month, a review of archived web pages showed.
The “issues” page of Fetterman’s website currently includes sections on inflation, criminal justice reform, cannabis legalization, renewable energy, immigration, and several other topics, but does not include any dedicated sections. at Black Lives Matter. Archived copies of the page, however, show that as recently as August 22, the same page highlighted Fetterman’s commitment to Black Lives Matter.
“John served as mayor of a city that was over 80% black and championed the idea that black lives matter long before it became a hashtag,” the previous version of the campaign’s website read in a post. section titled “Black Lives Matter”. ”
The same line appears to have been on Fetterman’s website since February 2021, the month he announced he would be running for the Senate. Fetterman secured the Democratic nomination for the seat in May, setting up a showdown against Republican nominee Dr. Mehmet Oz in November.
Fetterman’s spokesman Joe Calvello said it was “wrong” to suggest the campaign removed all references to Black Lives Matter. He explained that Fetterman references Black Lives Matter in a “custom video” on the site dealing with gun violence. In the video, which was posted in April, Fetterman says that in the past he has never seen the media or the general public care about “black lives matter.”
“The only section you seem to be referring to was removed when we updated and significantly expanded our issues page weeks ago,” Calvello told Fox News Digital in a statement. “Voters deserve to know where we stand, and we’re proud to clearly state our platform on our website.”
Meanwhile, Fetterman – who is Pennsylvania’s current lieutenant governor and former mayor of Braddock, an eastern suburb of Pittsburgh – has come under fire for a 2013 incident in which he pulled a gun on a black jogger . He allegedly followed the man, whom he suspected of having committed a crime, in a van with a shotgun and detained him until the police arrived. The jogger was eventually found innocent and released.
“It was a white man with a gun chasing a black man,” Fawn Walker-Montgomery, a former city council member from a jurisdiction near Braddock, told NBC News in April. “I was a board member at McKeesport, and if I chased someone with a gun, I’d still be in jail. He shows he’s unaware of his white privilege.
The Reverend Mark Kelly Tyler, a Democratic organizer from Philadelphia, added that anyone who thinks the incident won’t impact the decision of black voters “will be living in never dreamland.” Michael Nutter, Philadelphia’s last black mayor, told NBC News that Fetterman should “just confess” and apologize.
He has also been criticized for his positions on crime and criminal justice reform. Fetterman’s campaign recently backtracked on his comments that appeared to argue for the release of those convicted of second-degree murder.
Fetterman has previously signaled his support for the Black Lives Matter movement. In June, he voiced his support for the movement in a tweet saying that Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans, should have been a federal holiday “a long time ago.”
“Today we celebrate emancipation + reflect on the long shadow of systemic racism in America,” he tweeted. “The AP always stands by the unshakable truth that Black Families Matter + Black Lives Matter.”
The post is his most recent tweet with the phrase “Black Lives Matter.”
In 2016, when he first ran for the Senate, he said he had a “Black Lives Matter kind of worldview.”
“I have never positioned myself as anti-establishment. In fact, I was the only one elected in my race, I specify, “he said at the time. “Katie McGinty has never held an elected position and [Joe] Sestak’s only elected office was a term, I believe, in Congress before he started running.
“So this idea that I was anti-establishment — I just ran on what I thought were important common sense issues, whether it was a living wage, legalizing marijuana, some sort of vision of the Black Lives Matter world, but also community policing.”
He added that it “makes sense” that cities that rejected the Black Lives Matter movement would have higher crime rates.
Fetterman also wrote a blog post on Medium that year titled “Black. Lives. Question.”
“The Black Lives Matter movement has brought many of the inequalities I have worked to confront here in Braddock to the national conversation,” he wrote. “I’m so grateful to him for that because we have to realize that when it comes to how America treats African Americans, black lives don’t matter in this country.”
Fetterman concluded the post by saying the nation must recognize how “deeply entrenched” inequality is in the country.
Fox News Digital reporter Kyle Morris contributed to this report.