During a speech at the Democratic National Convention, John King, CNN’s chief national correspondent, was caught on an open microphone mocking the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
Held between 25-28 July, the convention heard from the likes of renowned political figures including Michelle Obama and Senator Bernie Sanders.
Speaking at the convention, which was held in Philadelphia, was Philadelphia mayor, Jim Kenney. In his speech on the immigration experience, Kenney addressed the discrimination faced by early Irish immigrants, when King, who could still be heard on the voiceover, made his comments.
“I want to share a Philadelphia story you probably don’t know,” Kenney said. “In 1844, an early version of the Know Nothing political party held a rally here to protest the threat that Irish Catholic immigrants posed to the American way of life. They claimed these immigrants, these people like my family, were more like likely to commit crimes than native born citizens.”
As the Mayor was speaking, King quipped, “that’s the Irish Lives Matter movement,” unaware the microphone picked him up. King’s laughter following his comment could also be made out.
One twitter user, @KimberLofgren, took to social media to say: “John King’s “Irish Lives Matter” “joke” mocked #BLM [#BlackLivesMatter] and all of the Irish who suffered during the Famine”.
Since his comment on 25 July, King is yet to issue a formal public apology, despite the public outrage that it sparked.