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Bill Clinton was supposed to be stumping for Hillary Clinton in Philly today. Instead, he spent a considerable amount of time explaining to Black Lives Matter protestors why they need to stop being so loud.
The clip above was perhaps the most egregious of Clinton’s condescending, tone deaf remarks, as he clashed with protestors in an attempt to defend his 1994 crime bill that raised the nation’s prison population by over a million. The entire exchange, as you can see below, is deeply uncomfortable and often infuriating.
In just six minutes, Clinton manages to say all of the following:
- “Here’s the thing. I like protestors, but the ones that won’t let you answer are afraid of the truth.”
- “Hillary spent her time trying to get healthcare for poor kids—and who were they? Their lives matter.”
- “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 into the street to murder other African American children. Maybe you thought they were good citizens—she didn’t.”
- “You are defending the people who killed the lives you say matter. Tell the truth.”
- “The reason they know it’s true is [the protestors] won’t hush. When somebody won’t hush and listen to you, that ain’t democracy. They’re afraid of the truth. Don’t you be afraid of the truth.”
- “I’ll tell you another story about a place where black lives matter: Africa.”
No doubt that’ll be all from Bill Clinton for a while.