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Bill Clinton Clashes With Protesters Over His Crime Bill

Bill Clinton was interrupted by Black Lives Matter protesters while campaigning for his wife Hillary Clinton. The Former President decided to engage with them, defending his controversial crime bill from 1994.

“You are defending the people who killed the lives you say matter,” the frustrated 42nd President said, adding “tell the truth.”

““I talked to a bunch of African-American groups — they think black lives matter. [The groups said] to take this bill because people are being shot in the street by gangs. We had 13-year-old kids planning their own funerals,” he said.

The Hill reports:

He went on to highlight other provisions of the crime bill — the assault weapons ban, money for after-school programs for inner-city children and funding for additional police officers that Clinton said reduced the need for police to bring in “militarized” equipment.

Clinton also criticized the protestors by accusing them of overlooking the positives that came from the crime bill.  

“See these other signs? I don’t know how you would characterize the gang leaders who got 13-year olds-hopped on crack and sent them out in the street to murder other African-American children. Maybe you thought they were good citizens. She didn’t,” Clinton said to the protestors. 
 
While Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton has polled much better than Bernie Sanders among African-Americans, she has been dogged at times from Black Lives Matter supporters with criticism of that legislation. 
 
President Clinton at times noteed when Hillary Clinton worked on civil rights reform, such as her work with disadvantaged children and on cataloging discrimination in an Alabama school.  

Clinton paused at times to let the protestors speak, but they did not relent and continued shouting in the background as the former president continued. 

“I listened to them. They don’t want to listen to me. You never learn anything when you are talking,” he said of the protestors. 

“You can trust them, or you can trust Congressman John Lewis, one of the last remaining heroes of the civil rights movement.”

 

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