Rep. Robert Pittenger apologizes for saying Charlotte protesters ‘hate white people’

WASHINGTON — Rep. Robert Pittenger apologized Thursday for saying protesters in Charlotte “hate white people because white people are successful and they are not” during an interview with the BBC.

“The grievance in their mind is the animus, the anger,” Pittenger told BCC. “They hate white people because white people are successful and they’re not. Yes it is, it is a welfare state. We have trillions of dollars on welfare and we’ve put people in bondage so they can’t be all they’re capable of being.”

Within several hours, the comments drew massive social media backlash.

In an interview with CNN, Pittenger said he was just repeating comments he heard from protesters.

“Frankly, I was quoting what they were saying last night on what I observed on your network. And their hatred for white people,” Pittenger said. “And that saddens me greatly.”

He later apologized for the comments through a series of tweets.