Vice President Mike Pence was repeatedly asked to say the words “Black Lives Matter” during an interview with 6ABC Action News in Philadelphia.
The Vice President declined.
"Let me just say that what happened to George Floyd was a tragedy," he said, referring to the unarmed black man whose death in police custody last month sparked a wave of protests against racial injustice and police brutality across the country .
"And in this nation, especially on June 19th, we celebrate the fact that since the founding of this nation we have cherished the ideal, that we are all created equal and endowed with certain inalienable rights by our Creator. And so is all life important in a very real sense. "
Pence's comments on June 19, a day commemorating the official end of slavery in the United States, were immediately criticized.
I've always done what Pence is doing here. Answer "All life is important". But I was wrong then and Pence was wrong now. When you say "Black Lives Matter" you acknowledge that George Floyd would still be alive if he were white. Black lives simply want to be equal. Shame on pence. https://t.co/EI2YiRGOCJ
– Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom), June 19, 2020
VP Pence refuses to say that black lives play a role on June 19th.
I will say it for him: Black life is important.
Louder for the back?
BLACK. LIVES. MATTER.
Rights and dignity are not a cake. More for some means no less for others # BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/2xZexFbPLH
– Fred Fletcher (@ChiefFletcher), June 19, 2020
Well, Pence is an idiot. The original meaning was "Black Lives Matter … zu" in response to the police who did not behave as such. Pence is such a human cotton swab. https://t.co/bvvxFol4XA
– Health is Wealth 🖖 (@PrincSandTheP) June 19, 2020
Mike Pence won't say Black Lives Matter because he doesn't think they do. He is a fanatic. https://t.co/FBDvJ5k9UD
– Matt Walker (@tmattwalker), June 19, 2020
"Forgive me for urging you to do so, sir," said anchor Brian Taff, "but I will find that you did not say these words" Black Lives Matter "and there is an important difference. Of course people say that all life is important, but saying the words is confirmation that the lives of black people are important in this country at a time when it appears that there is a part of our society that does not match, why don't you want to say these words? "
Pence doubled and said, "Well, I don't accept the fact, Brian, that there is a part of American society that doesn't agree on the value and importance of every human life. And that's one of the reasons why we, if we push ahead with major law enforcement reforms and look for ways to strengthen and improve our public security in our cities, we won't stop there. "
"And yet, one last time, you won't say the words and we understand your explanation," said Taff after Pence spoke about how the Trump administration worked to improve the lives of African Americans.
"When you see a lot of the national news media these days, Brian, they seem to be focusing more and more on what separates us in this country every day," said Pence. "And I think the president saw an opportunity with a good sense of humor to question the media narrative again."