Black Lives Matter protests across the United States and around the world: Live updates

Black Lives Matter protests across the United States and around the world: Live updates

Vice President Mike Pence speaks at Casadei Steel in Sterling Heights, Michigan on Thursday, June 18. Paul Sancya / AP

Vice President Mike Pence declined to say the words “Black Life Matters” during an interview with an ABC associate in Pennsylvania, instead saying “all lives matter.”

“Let me just say that what happened to George Floyd was a tragedy,” Pence told ABC6 in Philadelphia when asked if he would say black life was important. “And in this nation, especially on June 19, we celebrate the fact that since the founding of this nation we love the ideal that we all, all of us, create equal and endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights. And so all lives matter. in a very real sense. “

“Forgive me for pushing you, sir,” ABC6 reporter Brian Taff told Pence. But I will note that you did not say these words, “Black life matters” and there is an important distinction. People say, of course, that all lives matter, but to say the word is an acknowledgment that black lives also matter at a time in this country when there seems to be a part of our society that does not agree. So why not say those words? “

“Well, I don’t accept the fact that there is a section of American society that disagrees with the value and importance of every human life,” Pence said. “And that is one of the reasons why we are not going to stop there as we are pushing for significant reforms in law enforcement as we look for ways to strengthen and improve our cities.”

Pence referred to the pre-pandemic of the Black Unemployment Rate and the development of economic “opportunities zones”, adding that the administration is “absolutely determined to improve” the lives of African Americans.

“And yet, one last time, you will not say the words and we understand your explanation,” Taff replied.

Pence was also asked a video posted by President Trump on Twitter on Thursday called “manipulated media” by the social network.

“When you watch a lot of the national news outlets,” Pence replied, “they seem to be focusing more every day on what separates us in this country.” And I think the President saw an opportunity with a good sense of humor to challenge the media narrative once again. ”

Earlier today, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told the White House that Trump had made a “satirical point that was quite funny” when he wrote the video.

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