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Rep. Robert Pittenger Sorry for Saying Charlotte Protesters 'Hate White People'

"They hate white people because white people are successful and they’re not,” the North Carolina lawmaker said

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    A North Carolina congressman has apologized for saying the violent demonstrations that have rattled Charlotte stems from protestors who “hate white people because white people are successful and they’re not,” NBC News reported.

    During an interview with the BBC broadcast in the United Kingdom late Thursday, Rep. Robert Pittenger, a Republican, said: “The grievance in their mind, the animus, the anger — they hate white people because white people are successful and they’re not.”

    In a series of tweets two hours after giving the interview, Pittenger apologized "to those I offended" and said the anguish he feels over what is taking place in his hometown "led me to respond to a reporter's question in a way that I regret."

    He claimed he was "quoting statements made by angry protesters last night on national TV" and that his "intent was to discuss the lack of economic mobility for African-Americans because of failed policies."