Pence Refuses To Back Down, Says 'All Lives Matter' After Host Repeatedly Asked Him To Say 'Black Lives Matter'
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There's a bizarre new phenomenon happening right now where if someone either says "all lives matter" or refuses to say "black lives matter," something is wrong with you.
In the latest of example of this, Vice President Mike Pence sat down for an interview with a Philadelphia ABC affiliate and the host repeatedly badgered him to say "black lives matter" for no reason other than to pander to the Left -- and Pence refused to take the bait.
"Let me just say that what happened to George Floyd was a tragedy,” Pence told WPVI-TV on the question of saying “black lives matter.”
“And in this nation, especially on Juneteenth, we celebrate the fact that from the founding of this nation we’ve cherished the ideal that all, all of us are created equal, and endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights. And so all lives matter in a very real sense.”
WPVI anchor Brian Taff tried again to force Pence to say "black lives matter."
“Forgive me for pressing you on this, sir,” he said, “but I will note you did not say those words, ‘black lives matter,’ and there is an important distinction.”
“People are saying, of course all lives matter, but to say the words is an acknowledgment that black lives also matter at a time in this country when it appears that there’s a segment of our society that doesn’t agree,” Taff said. “So why will you not say those words?”
Pence again didn't take the bait and shut him down.
“Well, I don’t accept the fact, Brian, that there’s a segment of American society that disagrees, in the preciousness and importance of every human life,” Pence said. “It’s one of the reasons why, as we advance important reforms in law enforcement, as we look for ways to strengthen and improve public safety in our cities, we’re not going to stop there.
“I couldn’t be more proud to be part of an administration that saw the lowest unemployment ever recorded for African-Americans. We saw the creation of thousands of opportunity zones that are generating billions of dollars in investment to our cities,” he added.
Pence also noted the Trump administration’s commitment to education, including funding for historically black colleges and universities and its backing for school choice.
“We’re absolutely determined to improve the lives of our African-American citizens with more job opportunities, more educational opportunities. And this administration will remain committed doing what we’ve been doing all along.”
Taff kept trying but Pence wouldn't budge.
“And yet, one final time, you won’t say the words and we understand your explanation,” he said, before moving along.
Taff’s “black lives matter” pestering wasn’t journalism, but rather activism.
He was using a historic opportunity to interview the vice president of the United States to demand Pence say the three little words he wanted to hear.
“It’s not a choice between law enforcement and our African-American community,” Pence said. “This is really a choice between supporting law enforcement and supporting and improving the lives of our African-American families and our cities, and we’re committed to doing just that.”