O’Malley apologizes for saying ‘all lives matter’ at liberal conference
By Chris Moody, CNN Senior Digital Correspondent; Video by Jeremy Moorhead
Updated 10:11 AM ET, Sun July 19, 2015
Phoenix (CNN)Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley apologized on Saturday for saying “All lives matter” while discussing police violence against African-Americans with liberal demonstrators.
Several dozen demonstrators interrupted the former Maryland governor while he was speaking here at the Netroots Nation conference, a gathering of liberal activists, demanding that he address criminal justice and police brutality. When they shouted, “Black lives matter!” a rallying cry of protests that broke out after several black Americans were killed at the hands of police in recent months, O’Malley responded: “Black lives matter. White lives matter. All lives matter.”
The demonstrators, who were mostly black, responded by booing him and shouting him down.
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Later that day, O’Malley apologized for using the phrase in that context if it was perceived that he was minimizing the importance of blacks killed by police.
“I meant no disrespect,” O’Malley said in an interview on This Week in Blackness, a digital show. “That was a mistake on my part and I meant no disrespect. I did not mean to be insensitive in any way or communicate that I did not understand the tremendous passion, commitment and feeling and depth of feeling that all of us should be attaching to this issue.”
Bernie Sanders then got hooted for being old and white. By the way, the interviewer on stage with O’Malley and Sanders getting no respect either from the furious blacks is the media’s favorite pseudo-Mexican illegal immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas. (After all these decades, the media has never been able to find an articulate Mexican illegal immigrant, so they’ve adopted a gay Filipino with a Spanish name as their stand-in.)