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“I almost want to apologize for it, but I want to use it as an example of the danger threatening our country.”
Hillary Clinton was riding high after news that Bernie Sanders stooped to new lows, claiming that the former Secretary of State was not qualified to be president. But her small victory and command of the news cycle was gone as soon as Bill Clinton opened his mouth at a Philadelphia rally. There, a group of Black Lives Matter protesters called attention to his signing of a 1994 crime bill that arguably led to higher incarceration rates for minorities. They further blasted him for his 1996 welfare law, which decimated the social safety net. His response? An all-out verbal war. Like, things got real ugly, real fast.
“I don’t know how you would characterize the gang leaders that got 13-year-old kids hopped up on crack and sent them out on the street to murder other African-American children,” Clinton told the crowd, in a tone both defensive and patronizing. “Maybe you thought they were good citizens; she didn’t.”
Even worse, he doubled down on his comments the next day at a rally at Penn State and avoided apologies by turning the tables on the protestors. “I almost want to apologize for it,” he said. “But I want to use it as an example of the danger threatening our country.”
Slick Willie Clinton claimed that the protestors who “drown[ed]” him out were not the kind of protesters he once was. Because nothing encourages the youth more than pulling a “back in my day.” Good job, Bill.