Pence: Black Lives Matter 'Is a Political Agency of the Radical Left'

By Susan Jones | June 29, 2020 | 6:03am EDT
Black Lives Matter and Antifa agitators are held back by a police barrier during a pro-police/Trump rally, organized by "Super Happy Fun America", outside the State House in Boston, Massachusetts on June 27, 2020. (Photo by JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images)
Black Lives Matter and Antifa agitators are held back by a police barrier during a pro-police/Trump rally, organized by "Super Happy Fun America", outside the State House in Boston, Massachusetts on June 27, 2020. (Photo by JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - "I really believe that all lives matter," Vice President Mike Pence said on Sunday, but that isn't good enough for the "woke" activists among us, including John Dickerson, who interviewed Pence for CBS's "Face the Nation."

"One thing protesters would like to hear is leaders say, 'black lives matter,'" Dickerson told Pence. "You won't say that. Why?"

"It's really a hard issue for me," Pence said.

And as a pro-life American, I also believe that all life matters, born and unborn. But what -- 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 monuments, that would -- that would press a -- a radical left agenda that -- and -- and -- and support calls for the kind of violence that has beset the very communities that they say that they're advocating for.

I mean we -- I've -- I've literally met -- I've literally met with African-American leaders around this country, and -- and in the national capital area, who've -- who made it clear to us they -- they want law and order, they -- they want peace in our streets.

Dickerson interrupted the vice president several times, telling him to leave out BLM's calls to defund the police, and to just say the phrase, "black lives matter."

Here is a transcript of the full exchange when Dickerson pressed Pence to say "black lives matter."

"All my life I've been inspired by the example of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.," Pence said:

"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 -- 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 -- 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," he told Pence.)

But Pence continued his thought: "That would tear down monuments, that would -- that would press a -- a radical left agenda that -- and -- and -- and support calls for the kind of violence that has beset the very communities that they say that they're advocating for."

("But the -- but sir," Dickerson tried to interrupt again.)

Pence continued: "I mean we -- I've -- I've literally met -- I've literally met with African-American leaders around this country, and -- and in the national capital area, who've -- who made it clear to us they -- they want law and order, they -- they want peace in our streets."

"So you won't say black lives matter?" Dickerson asked.

"John, I really believe that all lives matter," Pence said.

("OK," said Dickerson.)

"And that's where the heart of the American people lies," Pence said.

Dickerson also asked Pence what he hears the protesters saying.

"There's no excuse for what happened to George Floyd," Pence said.

But there's also no excuse for the rioting and looting and violence that ensued.

Look, the president engaged law enforcement leaders. We've sat down with leaders in the African-American community. I've -- I've met with leaders in the African-American community and -- and law enforcement in cities around this country.

And what I hear is while -- while the radical left says we need to defund the police, what the American people want is for us to fund the police with additional training and support and also improve the lives of the people in our African-American community, which I'm proud to say, under President Trump's leadership, we were doing over the last three years.

We don't need to choice between supporting law enforcement and supporting our African-American neighbors. We can do both. And that's how we bring our country together.

Action point: Go to Black Lives Matter and read their statement of beliefs.

Among them:

--We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.

-- We foster a queeraffirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking, or rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual (unless s/he or they disclose otherwise).

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