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

During an interview with an ABC member in Pennsylvania, Vice President Mike Pence refused to say the words “Black life matters”, saying “all life matters”.

“Let me tell George Floyd what’s going on is a tragedy,” said Pence when he asked Philadelphia if he would tell ABC6 directly that Black was important. “And in this nation, especially in June, we congratulate on the establishment of this nation that we all appreciate the ideal of creation and equipping it with inalienable rights by our creator. And so all lives are truly important. “

“Forgive you for pressing this, sir,” ABC6 reporter Brian Taff told Pence. “But I will say that ‘Black life is important’ you did not say these words and there is an important distinction. People say, of course, that all lives are important, but saying their words admits that Black is also important in this country when it is understood that there is a part of our society that does not agree. So why don’t you say these words? “

“Well, I do not accept the fact that American society has a precious and disaffected segment of every human life,” Pence replied. “And this is one of the reasons why we will not stop there, advancing important reforms in law enforcement, while looking for ways to strengthen and develop our inner city forces.”

Pence added that the management is “absolutely determined to improve the lives of African Americans” in the development of pre-pandemic and economic “opportunity zones”.

“And yet one last time, you won’t say the words and we understand you explain,” Taff replied.

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Also about Pence A video posted by President Trump on Twitter It was tagged as “manipulated media” by social media on Thursday.

“When you watch most of the national news media,” Pence replied, “It seems they’re focusing on what divides us in this country every day. 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 said at the White House briefing that Trump created a “pretty funny satirical spot” when she tweeted the video.

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