Two Black Lives Matter activists interrupted a private Hillary Clinton fundraising event Wednesday night in Charleston, South Carolina.
Youth activist Ashley Williams demanded that the Democratic presidential candidate account for inconsistencies in her record on race, specifically around comments she made about crime in 1996.
As Clinton spoke to the crowd, Williams stood to her side and held a sign quoting controversial statements Clinton made in 1996 in reference to at-risk youth, when she said “we have to bring them to heel.”
Williams said when Clinton paused and looked at her sign, she asked the former secretary of state to apologize to black people for mass incarceration. The mostly white audience yelled at Williams and told her she was being rude, she said.
“I wanted to bring her to confront her own words,” Williams told The Huffington Post after the protest, adding, “We did this because we wanted to make sure that black people are paying attention to her record, and we want to know what Hillary we are getting.”
Williams said the Secret Service threw her out out of the event.
What Williams is referring to is this 1996 Hillary Clinton classic:
Yep: That’s possible-future-president Hillary Clinton, speaking in New Hampshire in 1996. The then–first lady was campaigning for her husband’s reelection, touting the alleged benefits of the crime bill he had signed two years earlier and calling for further action against the gang menace. If you weren’t able to watch the clip above, here’s what she said in it:
They are not just gangs of kids anymore. They are often the kinds of kids that are called superpredators. No conscience. No empathy. We can talk about why they ended up that way, but first we have to bring them to heel.
She might as well have been promising to shoot zombies. But this is the sort of rhetoric that was deployed to build up the carceral state in the 1990s.
This is amusing theater, but it is a null set in the Democrat primary. That party has structured its primary so that the super rich, who can afford to attend a private Hillary function, decide who the nominee is while actual voters are irrelevant.
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