Maybe Bill Clinton forgot how Philly people can be.
But with protesters in his face as he campaigned for his wife last Thursday at a rec center in Mt. Airy, the former president nearly blew up defending his 1994 crime bill.
As Hillary Clinton fights to maintain her lead for the presidential nomination over Bernie Sanders, video showing her speak in support of the bill about “super-predators” – hypothetical, deranged young criminals imagined by social scientists to be on the rise in the early 90s – has been charged with using coded language regarding minorities in her push for the law.
Two Philly activists with the local Coalition for R.E.A.L. (Racial, Economic and Legal) Justice, went to the Clinton event last week to silently hold signs challenging the former president’s crime bill, they said.
Instead, they got into a heated debate with the president, who claimed his bill yielded a 46-year low in gun violence.
He went on to claim, his voice rising, “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 streets to murder other African American children. Maybe you thought they were good citizens, she didn't… You are defending the people who killed the lives you say matter,” Clinton said, his voice growing hoarse.
Below see video of Clinton arguing with the protesters. Clinton makes the "gang leaders" comment at 4:57.