Against the backdrop of riots in Baltimore, Hillary Clinton delivered a passionate campaign speech railing against the “era of incarceration” ushered in during the 1990s—but she didn’t mention her husband was the usher.
In a Wednesday address to Columbia University, the Democratic presidential frontrunner told an audience “we have allowed our criminal justice system to get out of balance,” the Washington Post reported.
Referring to the violence in Baltimore over actions by police, “And these recent tragedies should galvanize us to come together as a nation to find our balance again,” she said.
President Bill Clinton signed the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, which put 100,000 new officers on the street and provided harsher sentences, including 60 new death penalty offenses. In a further ironic twist, the bill was originally written by then-Senator Joe Biden.
And here’s the real kicker: Crime declined sharply in the country in the 1990s, contrary to expectations. So Hillary is running against one of the policy platforms that made her husband’s presidency such a successful time in the the United States.
Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, who served in the Clinton administration, pointed out that the Democratic party has moved significantly to the left in the last 20 years.
“I don’t think she feels in any way bound by policies of a different administration two decades ago, even though she is married to the person who initiated those policies,” he told the Post. “I think we’ll see Hillary Clinton parting ways with the Bill Clinton administration on a number of matters.”
In a statement to the Post, the Clinton campaign said, “This campaign will be about Hillary Clinton’s vision for the next 20 years, not re-litigating policies from 20 years ago.”
Feeding a Democrat narrative that contributes to racial tensions, Clinton said, “We have to come to terms with some hard truths about race and justice in America.”
As Clinton flees from her party’s—and her husband’s—past, Republicans say she’s simply being opportunistic.
“As Hillary Clinton continues to flip-flop on the issues, she’s only further proving that she’ll say anything to benefit herself politically,” Republican National Committee spokeswoman Allison Moore said. She added, “which is why the majority of American people find her to be untrustworthy.”
Clinton campaign spokesman Jesse Ferguson explained Clinton’s differences from her husband’s policies by tweeting “times change.”
Spoiler Alert: HRC policy on internet might also be different than WJC policy in 1994. Not b/c he was wrong but b/c times change.
— Jesse Ferguson (@JesseFFerguson) April 29, 2015
That tweet drew some interesting responses.
Times change? This is the lady who told us she would need to carry 2 phones in order to use 2 email addresses. @redsteeze @JesseFFerguson — Christie (@RepRepublic) April 29, 2015
@JesseFFerguson @BuzzFeedAndrew OK. how are the policies on fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion similar/dissimilar in last 20 years?
— Ben Hale (@EYA10) April 29, 2015
@AdamBlickstein @JesseFFerguson Helping implement mass incarceration, then criticizing it when it become unpopular, deserves an explanation — Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 29, 2015
In 1994 it was hip to be “tough on crime.” Now it’s hip to be for reform. 2017? @AdamBlickstein @JesseFFerguson @BuzzFeedAndrew @ggreenwald
— Zaid Jilani (@ZaidJilani) April 29, 2015
@ggreenwald @AdamBlickstein @JesseFFerguson Would that be like supporting the Iraq War and then criticizing it when it became unpopular? — Wilson Valdez (@Wilson__Valdez) April 30, 2015
Hillary: ‘Religious beliefs’ have to be changed to expand access to abortion
‘Say something nice about Hillary’ trends on Twitter and the result is hilarious
Team Hillary may want to rethink ‘Where will you stick yours?’ campaign
DONATE TO BIZPAC REVIEW
Please help us! If you are fed up with letting radical big tech execs, phony fact-checkers, tyrannical liberals and a lying mainstream media have unprecedented power over your news please consider making a donation to BPR to help us fight them. Now is the time. Truth has never been more critical!
We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, profanity, vulgarity, doxing, or discourteous behavior. If a comment is spam, instead of replying to it please click the ∨ icon below and to the right of that comment. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain fruitful conversation.