Bill Clinton Upsets Black Lives Matter Protesters
Bill Clinton got into a verbal altercation with a few Black Lives Matter protesters in Philadelphia on Thursday.
As he defended his wife’s presidential bid, protesters shouted that “Black youth are not super predators.” The protesters that shouted the phrase took issue with words then-first lady Hillary Clinton used in a speech about violent crime committed by young people in 1996. They also heckled Clinton for the 1994 crime bill he signed into law during his presidency that cracked down on gangs, but also place more non-violent offenders behind bars for longer stays.
“You are defending the people who killed the lives you say matter,” the former president told protesters.
During the heated 15-minute exchange, Clinton said that tougher criminal penalties were added on the advice of then-Sen. Joe Biden, who told Clinton they were necessary to get Republicans on board with the bill. The bill also included an assault weapons ban, more money for police departments and funding for out-of-school activities for inner city youth.
“I talked to a lot of African-American groups. They thought Black lives mattered; they said take this bill because our kids are being shot in the street by gangs. We had 13-year-old kids planning their own funerals,” Clinton said.
Clinton touted Hillary’s work on school desegregation in Alabama, and defended her use of the phrase, “super predators.”
“I don’t know how you would characterize the gang leaders who got 13-year-old kids hopped up on crack, and sent them out in the streets to murder other African-American children,” said Bill Clinton. “Maybe you thought they were good citizens—she didn’t.”
One protester held up a sign that said, “Hillary is a murderer.” According to CNN, it was an apparent reference to the toppling of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya.