Democrat presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley found himself in retreat mode, begging forgiveness for suggesting that every human life matters, not only the black ones.
He made the faux pas in Phoenix, Arizona Saturday at the 2015 Netroots Convention, an event that describes itself as “a giant family reunion for the left.”
The progressive powwow was hijacked by Black Lives Matter protesters who interrupted O’Malley and fellow Democrat nomination seeker Bernie Sanders chanting “black lives matter.”
O’Malley responded by saying “”This issue is so important. Black lives matter. White lives matter. All lives matter.”
The Democrat was promptly booed and shouted down for daring to suggest any lives other than black lives matter.
O’Malley walked his comments back later during an Internet show “This Week In Blackness.”
“I meant no disrespect,” he said. “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.”
Some Twitter users agreed with the protesters, while many found it hilarious that saying everyone’s life matters was a controversial statement.
“Black lives matter, white lives matter, all lives matter” O’Malley says, unequivocally stepping in it for this crowd.
— Jane C. Timm (@janestreet) July 18, 2015
— not better off (@nopenochange) July 19, 2015
@janestreet Why is “All lives matter” a controversial statement???
— Ken Blankenship (@40yard_stache) July 19, 2015
Sorry for saying ALL?? Another IDIOT LIB! CNN: O’Malley apologizes for saying all lives matter at liberal conference http://t.co/TIppK7XOn8
— Michele Kozal (@MicheleKozal) July 20, 2015
Let this sink in. For liberal Democrats, all lives do not matter in 2015. Can you say “racist?” http://t.co/fESnjf9plt
— Barracuda Brigade (@ArcticFox2016) July 19, 2015
Fact that Martin O’Malley “gaffed” by saying “all lives matter” rather than only black lives tells you what a bubble activist Left lives in.
— Jeff B@AoSHQDD (@EsotericCD) July 18, 2015
— Ilissa Gold (@Goldni) July 18, 2015
— JERREAU (@jerreau) May 23, 2015
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