U.S. Senate candidate Mike Durant recently attacked opponent Katie Boyd Britt in response to a report by 1819 News that Britt posted and then tried to hide posts showing that she is listening to Black Lives Matter activists on a “Blackout Tuesday”.

“Katie Boyd Britt’s admission that she participated in woke, anti-cop and anti-conservative ‘Black Lives Matter’ virtue signaling is dangerous,” said Durant in a statement. “Britt trying to delete her participation in the woke BLM messaging campaign is concerning, but then for her to double down and say they should be listened to is even more appalling.”

1819 News previously reported several social media posts belonging to Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Katie Britt and her husband Wesley Britt had been deleted before announcing her run for the U.S. Senate.

Two of those posts, one belonging to Katie Britt and the other belonging to Wesley Britt, showed their participation in "Blackout Tuesday."

"Blackout Tuesday" was a gesture initiated by the music industry that was intended to be a "virtual moment of silence" in support of black victims of police violence spurred by the death of George Floyd and linked by some to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement.

“The demands laid out by the BLM movement are nothing I want to listen to, but apparently Katie Boyd Britt feels they warrant discussion. They demand defunding police, prisons, and the military. They lead to and encourage violence against law enforcement. They demand a government-controlled economy. They even demand President Trump should be convicted. This just shows who Katie Boyd Britt is listening to, and it’s not the people of Alabama.”

The Black Lives Matter Global Network protests what it claims are abuses by law enforcement against Blacks, particularly the shootings of Black suspects. The group reported collecting $90 million in 2020.

Many in law enforcement blame the Black Lives Matter movement and its sympathizers for encouraging the riots and the record violence, particularly targeted attacks on law enforcement officers seen in recent years. Violent crime had been dropping in this country in the period before the rise of the BLM movement.

Britt issued a statement to 1819 News denying ever having supported BLM and said her participation in "Blackout Tuesday" was meant to show she was "listening." You can read the full statement here.

Mike Durant is a retired U.S. Army helicopter pilot, best known for an incident where his helicopter was shot down over Mogadishu, Somalia and Durant was taken prisoner for 11 days. The rest of his crew and two Delta Force commandos sent in to protect them were all killed by a Somali mob. After retiring from the Army, Durant started an aerospace company in Huntsville.

Lillie Boddie, Britt, Mo Brooks, Karla Dupriest, Durant, and Jake Schafer are all running for U.S. Senate in the May 24 Republican primary.

Incumbent Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) is retiring after 36 years serving Alabama in the U.S. Senate and a total of 52 years in office as a U.S. Senator, Congressman, and state Senator.

To connect with the author of this story, or to comment, email brandon.moseley@1819News.com.

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