According to his campaign, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush met with "Black Lives Matter" activists on Wednesday before a town hall in North Las Vegas, but a new report claims Bush did not.
The town hall ended abruptly with "Black Lives Matter" protesters shouting "Black lives matter!" and Bush supporters yelling back "White lives matter!" and "All lives matter!" (video below).
The Washington Post reported that Bush spokeswoman Allie Brandenburger said that Bush had a meeting with "Black Lives Matters" advocates "ahead of his event in Las Vegas on issues including criminal justice reform. As Governor Bush laid out in is speech to the Urban League, he is committed to campaigning across the nation as he seeks the presidency, talking to everyone and every community about his vision for restoring opportunity for all Americans."
Brandenburger also said: "Gov. Bush listened to the group and they discussed barriers to upward mobility in this country, and ways to overcome them as a community by starting to get a few things right in government."
Kevin Hooks, head of the Las Vegas Urban League, arranged the meeting, but told The Huffington Post that he would not describe the three people who met with Bush as "Black Lives Matter" activists.
Bush reportedly met with a member of the Las Vegas Urban League and North Las Vegas Mayor Pro Tem Pamela Goynes-Brown, who claimed that Sean Fellows, a GOP lobbyist, was the third attendee.
Fellows would not comment. The Bush campaign wouldn't back up its previous claim, but did say that the "Black Lives Matters" advocates were invited, but couldn't say why people would not attend.
Hooks added that he reached out to "Black Lives Matters" advocates, but "people didn't really want to talk to [the Bush campaign]."
Hooks did say that his organization's rep brought up the recent shooting of a black man in Ferguson with Bush, but added, "There was as lot of non-response."
Goynes-Brown said that she is not an activist, but does support the "Black Lives Matter" movement, which she claims was not discussed with Bush.