USA: Pence accuses “Black Lives Matter” of radical left agenda

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Pence accuses “Black Lives Matter” of radical left agenda

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence

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After the death of the African American George Floyd, the “Black Lives Matter” movement found many supporters. US Vice President Pence is not one of them. He now explains why in an interview.

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US-Vice President Mike Pence has accused the black protest movement “Black Lives Matter” of a radical left agenda. Their leaders’ goal was to withdraw funding from the police and tear down monuments, Pence told CBS on Sunday.

He did not want to use the slogan “Black Lives Matter” because it did not agree with the political message behind it. But he is very much against racism, said Pence. All lives counted for him.

The vice president said the riots of the past few weeks were not in the interests of the African American community either. Their advocates had made it clear to his government that they too wanted “law and order” and “peace on our streets”.

Trump spreads and deletes racist video

US President Donald Trump temporarily posted a video on Twitter on Sunday in which one of his supporters roars a slogan that is widely regarded as racist in the United States. The video shows protesters protesting against the president as supporters drive past in golf carts.

One of Trump’s supporters then shouts at the demonstrators: “White Power”. This slogan is used primarily by racist groups in the USA.

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The video that Trump shared with over 82 million followers had already been viewed around four million times three hours later. After Trump was promptly accused of supporting racism and criticizing even Trump’s Republicans, he deleted his retweet four hours later.

The video is a good two minutes long, but the slogan “White Power” occurs in the first ten seconds. Trump called his followers seen in the video “great people” and thanked them. After the deletion, the White House then said in a statement that Trump had “not heard” the slogan in question. He only saw the enthusiasm of his followers, said spokesman Judd Deere.

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In the undated video, which comes from an elderly facility in the state of Florida, both the protesters and Trump’s supporters seem to be older white Americans. Trump was labeled “racist” on protesters’ posters, and his supporters had signs of Trump’s campaign on their golf carts that said “Trump 2020” and the slogan “America First”. A protester wore a t-shirt that read “Black Lives Matter”.

Since the death of African American George Floyd in a brutal police operation a month ago, there have been mass protests across the country against racism and police violence. However, Trump primarily presents himself as a president who wants to enforce law and order. He is therefore accused of not taking a clear stand against racism and showing too little understanding of the anger about persistent discrimination and injustice.


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