As Hillary Clinton fights to get more delegates before this summer’s Democratic Convention, she faces one setback: her husband.
Bill Clinton has spoken at a number of rallies on behalf of his wife. A gifted public speaker, this task should come easy to the former president. However, recent actions may cost Hillary the presidency.
On Tuesday, Hillary took stage at the BET’s Black Girls Rock show and said, “There are still a lot of barriers holding back African-Americans and black women in particular.”
According to CNN, two days later, Black Lives Matters protesters attempted to address her comments at a campaign rally in Philadelphia. President Bill Clinton asked tried to hush the protesters.
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At one point, he brought up a 1994 crime bill to his defense. The bill created tougher penalties for non-violent drug offenders, created dozens of prisons and banned certain types of assault weapons. The bill also sent 100,000 more police officers to American cities, according to a recent article in The New York Times. Some argue that the bill has put black people in prison with violent offenders. The fear is that it created tension among officers and the black community. “Maybe you thought they were good citizens…you are defending the people who kill the lives you say matter,” Mr. Clinton responded to protesters in the crowd. “Tell the truth. You are defending the people who cause young people to go out and take guns.” The comment was a part of a long exchange, which did not help Hillary’s campaign. The Clintons have leaned on the black population for votes, but they have also made a number of steps to throw them under the bus. In fact, last summer, Mr. Clinton admitted the bill might have been a mistake, sending low-level criminals to prison. Last April, Mrs. Clinton addressed the racial tension in places like Baltimore and Ferguson, Mo. Black men had been killed at the hands of officers. She said it’s important to overturn key parts of the 1994 crime bill. After Thursday’s clash with protesters, the Clintons have clarified their stance and admiration for the black community. Bill said he regrets the showdown with protesters, as he had been an activist for many hot-button issues in the past. “I know those young people yesterday were just trying to get good television,” he said on Friday.” But, that doesn’t mean I was most effective in answering it.”
As to how these moves will influence Hillary Clinton’s road to the White House, only time will tell. She’s had overwhelming support from the black community in the South and Midwest. Yet, it wouldn’t surprise me if things shake up after her husband’s ill-timed comments. Their next big focus is the Democratic primary on April 19th in New York. It should be an easy win for Clinton, who has served as a U.S. Senator for the state.
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Yet, considering the momentum her opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders, has gained in recent weeks, she should worry. These final delegate votes are vital. You can’t take anything for granted – black population or not – in the final moments before the Democratic Convention.