“I’m so sick of all these ‘movements’…Black Lives Matter, ISIS, Radical Islam, LGBT Hate groups…. They’ve done nothing but disappoint, hate, kill and create pain for others.” –Lauren Linville, Coconut Creek Commission Candidate.

A Democrat candidate for the Coconut Creek City Commission equated the Black Lives Matter movement with ISIS and radical Islam in a Facebook rant. Lauren Linville, the owner of a crisis/emergency management group, is running for the District E seat against longtime Commissioner Joshua Rydell. In her July 2016 post, Linville wrote, “I’m so sick of all these ‘movements’…Black Lives Matter, ISIS, Radical Islam, LGBT Hate groups…. They’ve done nothing but disappoint, hate, kill and create pain for others.”

While many question the tactics used in violent protests and riots following the death of George Floyd, few would equate BLM with the murderous actions of ISIS.

In a Democrat stronghold like Coconut Creek, lumping Black Likes Matter in with ISIS and al-Qaeda is a losing proposition. Judging from her new campaign video, it appears Lauren Linville came to the same conclusion.

In her campaign video, Lauren Linville claims the Black Lives Matter protests over the summer “really pulled at my heart.” She also refers to “unity and community plans” being developed by the city. Linville says she wants to “bridge the gap of divisiveness” by being a “voice to both sides.” Suddenly, Lauren Linville wants to be the “voice” for a group she claimed did nothing but “disappoint, hate, kill and create pain for others?”

Did Linville change her view of BLM or is this just another case of political opportunism? Yet another candidate pandering to win votes?

REDBROWARD reached out to Lauren Linville.

After reading her post from 2016, Linville claimed equating BLM with ISIS was taking her words out of context. She said she was against divisive behavior and all forms of violence. Again pressing her on why she chose to lump in Black Lives Matter with radical Islam, Linville continued to use the “out of context” argument. Linville said she had another appointment and ended the call.

Coconut Creek voters will render their verdict in March.

Published by Tom Lauder

Covering South Florida Politics Since 2010...As Seen On: POLITICO, The Huffington Post, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, The Miami Herald, WPLG LOCAL 10 (ABC MIAMI), The New Times

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