Timing is everything, yet John Hickenlooper is tragically out of synch with all the protests rocking the state and the nation over the tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minnesota police officer.
Appearing at the Colorado Racial Justice forum Saturday with Democrat opponent Andrew Romanoff, Hickenlooper first bragged how he completely reformed the Denver Police department when he was mayor.
Then Hickenlooper stepped out of the frying pan and into the fire when asked his views on the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Black lives matter means that every life matters and that the color of a person’s skin has nothing to do with the richness of their lives and how important their place and their family and their neighborhood and their community [is],” Hickenlooper said. “That every life is sacred and every life deserves the protections of our system of public safety and our system of justice. People should not be fearful of the people that have been entrusted to protect them.”
According to Colorado Public Radio, Hickenlooper’s all-lives-matter response did not go over well with viewers who slammed the U.S. Senate candidate and called his comments shocking.
Poor Hick. Just like the whole ethics investigation, the media didn’t cover for him. Again.
Hickenlooper realized his mistake well after the event and clarified his comments to affirm that black lives matter.
These last few weeks have made clear, more than ever, that #BlackLivesMatter. Whether it’s George Floyd—or those whose killings were not caught on video—we must keep seeking justice for them & dismantle the injustices that pervade our system.
Thank you for hosting today’s forum. https://t.co/6fooHziEjG
— John Hickenlooper (@Hickenlooper) May 30, 2020