Black Lives Matter protesters and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign met once again on Thursday. Clinton's husband Bill was giving a speech when protesters interrupted him and brought up, among other things, Hillary's quote where she called black children "super-predators" which a Black Lives Matter protester confronted her about months back. In a surprising move the former president defended the use of "super-predators."
The heated exchange took place in Philadelphia according toThe Daily Beast. There protesters reportedly brought up issues sprouting from the former president's presidency, such as Welfare reform and the disproportionate incarceration of people of color.
Buzzfeed Newsreports two protesters held signs out in front at the rally (as seen on video) reading "Welfare reform increased poverty," and, "Clinton crime bill destroyed our community."
A protester is heard shouting on video, but it's unclear what is being said. Buzzfeed News thinks the protester shouts "black youth are not superpredators." Continuing with his speech Bill then tried to shut down protesters basically saying they should shut up and listen, but when they didn't, that's when he defended the term.
"I don't know how you would describe the gang leaders who got 13-year-olds hopped up on crack and sent them out in the streets to murder other African-American children," said Bill. "Maybe you thought they were good citizens, [Hillary] didn’t. You are defending the people who kill the lives you say matter."
Hillary's comparison of black children to super-predators is from 1996. "They are often connected to big drug cartels. They are not just gangs of kids anymore," said Hillary. "They are often the kinds of kids that are called super-predators." Hillary said they needed to be brought to "heel."
Since being confronted Hillary has said she shouldn't have used those words and that she wouldn't use them today. She repeated that sentiment when the term was brought up at the Michigan debate.
Defending Hillary's quote would be bad enough, but defending it after she's all but apologized for it? Yikes.
The exchange begins at the 3:30 mark in the video above.