Vice President Mike Pence has put an end to speculation that he’ll be changing his mind about the Black Lives Matter movement.
After declining to say the phrase during an interview with an ABC affiliate earlier this month, Pence again refused to say “Black lives matter” on CBS’s Face The Nation this Sunday, the Daily Caller reported.
“All life matters”
According to Pence, he has refused to say the phrase because he doesn’t believe in the group touting it.
Pressed by CBS’s John Dickerson, the VP doubled down.
“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,” Pence said Sunday, according to the Daily Caller. He went on to describe the movement as one “that would tear down monuments, that would press a radical left agenda and support calls for the kind of violence that has beset the very communities that they say that they’re advocating for.”
Pence also said that “as a pro-life American, I also believe that all life matters, born and unborn,” a sentiment he said Black Lives Matter advocates don’t support.
“The heart of the American people”
Of course, that didn’t put an end to Dickerson’s line of questioning. After the CBS host asked Pence to dissociate the phrase from the movement, Pence again said he wouldn’t budge.
“I’ve literally met with African American leaders around this country, and in the national capital area, who made it clear to us they want law and order, they want peace in our streets,” the VP said, according to the Daily Caller.
“So you won’t say Black lives matter?” Dickerson concluded, as the Daily Caller reported.
Pence was curt in his response: “John, I really believe that all lives matter, and that’s where the heart of the American people lies.”
The bottom line
While leftists may not be happy with Pence’s stance on this, he’s right: you can’t unify a country by calling for police to be abolished and unborn children to be killed.
We all fighting for the same thing here: equal rights and equal treatment for everyone. But if groups like Black Lives Matter aren’t willing to come to the table to compromise on these issues and others, the country will remain divided long after President Donald Trump leaves office.