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Bill Clinton drew the ire of Black Lives Matter supporters by doing something he usually doesn’t do.
He told the truth and said that “they’re afraid of the truth,” he said of the protesters who showed up at a stump speech the former president was giving for his wife in Philadelphia.
The protesters were angry about the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 that increased the number of people in jail and the lengths of their time in prison because why not let violent criminals back on the street as soon as possible?
“I talked to a lot of African-American groups. They thought black lives mattered. They said, ‘Take this bill because our kids are being shot in the streets by gangs.’ We had 13-year-old kids planning their own funerals,” Clinton said to the crowd who continuously interrupted him.
“Because of that bill, we had a 25-year low in crime, a 33-year low in the murder rate, and listen to this, because of that and the background check law, a 46-year low in the deaths of people of gun violence. And how do you think those lives were, that mattered? Whose lives were saved, that mattered?” he asked.
Things got very contentious when one of the protesters shouted that Clinton should be charged with crimes against humanity.
“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 on the street to murder other African-American children,” Clinton fired back. “Maybe you thought they were good citizens … You are defending the people who kill the people whose lives you say matter!”
Social media tore into the former president.
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From that statement it is obvious that Bill Clinton, STILL see the black man as a criminal… and a criminal only
— Juneya (@theJuneya) April 8, 2016
— Lemondust (@lem0ndust) April 8, 2016
— Chuck Heffernan (@chuckheffernan) April 8, 2016
94 crime bill is STILL adversely impacting thousands of lives TODAY. Like right now. If you don’t know that, then get informed.
— Prison Culture (@prisonculture) April 8, 2016
Not only did Bill Clinton & Hillary Clinton pass crime bill which destroyed black community they also profited from it via private prisons
— Irate Genius (@Son_0f_A_Man) April 7, 2016
Bill Clinton dismissed both the impact of the crime bill & doubled down on defending language that even Hillary has distanced herself from.
— deray mckesson (@deray) April 7, 2016
The small drug users who were diseased and locked away deserve it? Bill Clinton u owe the black community and black lives matter an apology
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) April 8, 2016
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) April 8, 2016
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