Rand Paul whitesplains why Black Lives Matter should change its name to "All Lives Matter"

More groundbreaking African American outreach!

By Sophia Tesfaye

Published August 27, 2015 1:48PM (EDT)

  (AP/Timothy D. Easley)
(AP/Timothy D. Easley)

Rand Paul is continuing his trailblazing outreach to African-American voters by lecturing the Black Lives Matter movement on the value of property and suggesting it change it's moniker to "All Lives Matter."

“I think they should change their name maybe," Paul told Fox News' Sean Hannity last night, suggesting that the movement change its name to "All Lives Matter" or "Innocent Lives Matter.”

Hannity praised Paul as the lone presidential candidate who had actually "gone into the Black community," calling it "funny" that Paul had even been accused of "talking down to the Black Lives Matter movement." Paul is fond of claiming that he campaigns in "the places Republicans are too scared to go, such as Detroit, the South Side of Chicago, Ferguson, or even UC Berkeley."

But despite his insistence that he's willing to meet with black voters, Paul doesn't think much of the activists affiliated with the  Black Lives Matter movement that have interacted with presidential candidates thus far.

"They need to go somewhere else and they need to rent their own microphone,” Paul told Hannity, referring to two activists who interrupted a planned Bernie Sanders speech in Seattle recently.

Earlier this week, Paul told Seattle's KING-TV that he believed that Black Lives Matter activists "need to learn that things cost money, and really all lives matter."

"They're getting attention, but I don't know if they're making a good point," Paul said before graciously offering himself up. "I'd be willing to meet with them anytime; I'd be willing to sit and have a forum with them."

Watch a portion of Paul's advice to Black Lives Matter:

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Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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