On Friday, Vice President Mike Pence was interviewed by ABC’s Brian Taff as the two discussed the Black Lives Matter movement.
Right from the start, Taff tried to tempt Pence into uttering the phrase “black lives matter.”
Instead, Vice president Pence correctly steered the conversation to celebrating equality in America, and recognizing the importance of improving the lives of all African-Americans as well as supporting law enforcement.
"Forgive me for pressing you on this, sir," anchor Brian Taff said to Pence, "but I will note you did not say those words, 'Black lives matter,' and there is an important distinction. People are saying, of course all lives matter, but to say the words is an acknowledgment that Black lives also matter at a time in this country when it appears that there's a segment of our society that doesn't agree. So why will you not say those words?"
"Well, I don't accept the fact, Brian, that there's a segment of American society that disagrees, in the preciousness and importance of every human life," Pence said. "And it's one of the reasons why as we advance important reforms in law enforcement, as we look for ways to strengthen and improve our public safety in our cities, that we're not going to stop there."
Pence went on to tout the Black unemployment rate pre-pandemic and the development of economic "opportunity zones," adding that the administration is "absolutely determined to improve" the lives of African Americans.
"And yet, one final time, you won't say the words and we understand your explanation," Taff responded.
Taff's approach isn't unique. Search social media on this topic and you'll find vast swaths of enraged leftists crying "racist" and "bigot" toward anyone who won't "just say the words."
Thankfully, Pence doesn't stand entirely alone. Many Americans feel a growing resentment at the notion of having to spout catchphrases to pacify the mob.
While many remain afraid to speak up, a few brave souls have taken to Twitter as a means of pushing back:
Many in the media continue to push the narrative that it is more important to point out that black lives matter specifically, rather than agreeing that we are all equal regardless of race.
Mike Pence handled himself well in this interview. Rather than falling into this commonly laid trap by the Democrats and the media, Pence was clear that the administration will continue to focus on the importance of supporting law enforcement and treating all citizens equally.