Last Updated on June 20, 2020
In a recent interview with the New York Post, the son of the late legendary boxer Muhammad Ali spoke out against the violence and rioting associated with the Black Lives Matter movement, stating that his father believed “all lives matter.”
“My father would have said, ‘They ain’t nothing but devils.’ My father said, ‘all lives matter.’ I don’t think he’d agree,” Ali Jr. said.
Ali Jr., 47, described the Black Lives Matter movement as “racist,” and noted, “It’s not just black lives matter, white lives matter, Chinese lives matter, all lives matter, everybody’s life matters. God loves everyone — he never singled anyone out. Killing is wrong no matter who it is.”
The only biological son of Ali, who practices the same Islamic faith as his father, expressed agreement with President Donald Trump and most American citizens that Antifa activists are terrorists: “They’re no different from Muslim terrorists. They should all get what they deserve. They’re f**king up businesses, beating up innocent people in the neighborhood, smashing up police stations and shops. They’re terrorists – they’re terrorizing the community. I agree with the peaceful protests, but the Antifa, they need to kill everyone in that thing.
Ali Jr. added that “Black Lives Matter is not a peaceful protest. Antifa never wanted it peaceful. I would take them all out.”
“It’s a racial statement. It’s pitting black people against everyone else. It starts racial things to happen; I hate that,” he added.
Ali Jr. also ridiculed the myth of institutional racism, stating, “I never had a bad scene with a cop. They’ve always been nice and protect me. I don’t have a problem with them.”
“I think Trump’s a good president. My father would have supported him. Trump’s not a racist, he’s for all the people. Democrats are the ones who are racist and not for everybody,” Ali Jr said, adding that he believes Trump is “much better than Clinton or Obama” because “the only one to do what he said he would do is Donald Trump.”
Though Muhammad Ali is often remembered for his outspoken beliefs on the Islamic faith and work in the civil rights movement, he was also a staunch supporter of Republican politicians in his later years.
Ali backed Ronald Reagan in 1984 because “He’s keeping God in schools and that’s enough,” and supported former New Mexico governor David Cargo’s campaign for Congress in 1986, describing the Republican Cargo as “the right white.”