While the Republican field spent their night debating in South Carolina, Hillary Clinton was on MSNBC talking about how “outraged” she is over the water pollution crisis in Michigan and how she “would be doing everything [she] could” to fix it if she were president. However, Clinton’s husband had a similar issue when he was governor of Arkansas.
Clinton has chosen to make the water situation in Flint, Michigan, an issue for her campaign, sending staffers to meet with the town’s mayor and further investigate the emergency. She called out Republican Gov. Rick Snyder for his inaction, saying she was “outraged” he hadn’t brought in federal assistance to help fix the issue.
The issue of government inaction in response to a deteriorating water supply is one that should be familiar to Clinton. In Arkansas, her husband was the target of criticism for standing idly by as the state’s powerful chicken industry contaminated the drinking water supply for 300,000 people with 500,000 tons of chicken waste from northwest Arkansas.
Tyson Foods, which remains as strong today as it was during the years Clinton was in the governor’s mansion, was seen by many as the cause for the deterioration of Arkansas’ White River.