Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Vice President Mike Pence refused to say black lives matter.
Host John Dickerson said, “One thing protestors would like to hear is leaders say black lives matter. You won’t say that. why?”
Pence said, “All my life, I’ve been inspired by the example of the reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. When I was in Congress, I traveled to his home church in Montgomery. With Congressman John Lewis, I walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on the anniversary of Bloody Sunday. I cherish the progress that we have made towards a more perfect union for African-Americans throughout our history. And I’ve aspired throughout my career to be a part of that ongoing work. It’s really a hard issue for me. And as a pro-life American, I also believe that all life matters, born and unborn. 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 —”
Dickerson interrupted, “Leave that out of it. Just the phrase —”
Pence continued, “That would tear down monuments, that would press a radical left agenda and support calls for the kind of