U.S Congressman Robert Pittenger whose district includes parts of Charlotte. Told BBC News earlier today the violence in Charlotte stems from protesters who “hate white people because white people are successful and they’re not.”
The Congressman who is seeking re-election this fall issued an apology for the comments saying he was simply quoting protesters who’d appeared on TV.
“What is taking place in my hometown right now breaks my heart,” he said in a statement issued by his congressional office. “My anguish led me to respond to a reporter’s question in a way that I regret. The answer doesn’t reflect who I am. I was quoting statements made by angry protesters last night on national TV. My intent was to discuss the lack of economic mobility for African Americans because of failed policies. I apologize to those I offended and hope that we can bring peace and calm to Charlotte.”