Former President Bill Clinton lashed out at Black Lives Matter protesters Thursday during a speech at his wife’s campaign rally in Philadelphia.
After the protesters began chanting and raising signs, one of which read “CLINTON Crime Bill Destroyed Our Communities,” the former commander in chief fired back in defense of his 1994 crime law.
“I don’t know how you would characterize the gang leaders who got 13-year-old kids hopped on crack and sent them out on the street to murder other African-American children,” he said.
Clinton also appeared to back his wife’s controversial 1994 comments in which she characterized young gang members as “super predators” who needed to “be brought to heel.”
“Maybe you thought they were good citizens. She didn’t.”
Hillary Clinton similarly faced protest over the comment last February when she was confronted by a Black Lives Matter demonstrator during a private event.
“We want you to apologize for mass incarceration. I am not a ‘super-predator,’ Hillary Clinton. Will you apologize to black people for mass incarceration?” the protester, Ashley Williams, said.
In 2015 Bill Clinton said he regretted signing the legislation, known as the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, due to its effect on the black community.