In a prolonged exchange Thursday afternoon, former President Bill Clinton forcefully defended his 1994 crime bill to Black Lives Matter protesters in the crowd at a Hillary Clinton campaign event.He seemed to be channeling Prince, who got there in '87, as I recall:
He said the bill lowered the country's crime rate, which benefited African-Americans, achieved bipartisan support, and diversified the police force. He then addressed a protester's sign, saying:
"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 onto the street to murder other African-American children," Clinton said, addressing a protester who appeared to interrupt him repeatedly. "Maybe you thought they were good citizens .... You are defending the people who kill the lives you say matter. Tell the truth. You are defending the people who cause young people to go out and take guns."
At home there are seventeen-year-old boys and their idea of fun
Is being in a gang called 'The Disciples'
High on crack and totin' a machine gun
It's not exactly time for a Sister Souljah moment, because the matter is more delicate for Hillary. As election results in Wisconsin and other states in recent weeks have indicated, Bernie Sanders is making a lot of headway among certain segments of the traditional Democratic coalition, so the Clintons need a big share of the African-American vote to compensate for erosion among the gimme free college crowd. So does it make sense to make peace with Black Lives Matter? Or must the Big Dog's record be defended first?
Yep. Getcha popcorn.