Mike Pence says he refuses to use the phrase ‘Black Lives Matter’ because the movement’s leaders are ‘pushing a radical left agenda’ and insists ‘all lives matter, born and unborn’
- Vice President Make Pence says he doesn’t say ‘Black Lives Matter’ because it has been used to push a ‘radical left agenda’
- He said it promotes protesters who want to defund the police, remove statues and use violence to get their agenda through
- ‘John, I really believe that all lives matter,’ Pence told CBS News’ John Dickerson
- Dickerson asserted that protesters want to hear leaders use the phrase
- The Black Lives Matter movement started in 2013 to protest police brutality against black Americans
Mike Pence said Sunday morning that he refused to push a ‘radical left agenda’ by using the phrase Black Lives Matter and instead asserted ‘all lives matter.’
‘As a pro-life American, I also believe that all life matters, born and unborn,’ Mike Pence, an avid evangelical christian, told CBS News’ John Dickerson.
‘But what I see in the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement is a political agenda of the radical left that would defund the police, that would tear down the monuments, that would press a radical left agenda that, and support calls for the kind of violence that has beset the very communities that they say that they’re advocating for,’ he continued.
Dickerson, whose interview with the vice president aired on CBS News’ Face the Nation Sunday morning, pushed Pence: ‘So you won’t say Black lives matter?’
‘John, I really believe that all lives matter. And that’s where the heart of the American people lies,’ Pence said.
Vice President Make Pence says he doesn’t use the phrase ‘Black Lives Matter’ because it has been used to push a ‘radical left agenda’
‘John, I really believe that all lives matter,’ Pence told CBS News’ John Dickerson
The Black Lives Matter movement started in 2013 to protest police brutality against black Americans
Dickerson asserted that protesters want to hear leaders use the phrase turned civil rights movement.
The Trump administration has not used the phrase ‘Black Lives Matter’ in the wake of George Floyd’s death, which has led to nationwide unrest and more than a month of protests and riots in cities across the country.
Black Lives Matter was established in 2013 as a movement aimed at protesting police brutality against African-Americans – and the most recent wave has participants calling for defunding of police and the removal of Confederate statues and monuments.
Civil Rights activists and groups claim the phrase ‘all lives matter’ is counterproductive to the movement.
A Pew Research poll published earlier this month shows that nearly seven in 10 Americans support the Black Live Matter Movement – but the phrase remains politically sensitive for many Republicans.