Hillary Clinton was confronted by a Black Lives Matter protester demanding an apology for Clinton’s prior referral to young “super-predators” at a South Carolina fundraiser Wednesday evening.
While Clinton was speaking, a young woman walked near her and held up a sign quoting Clinton’s remark as first lady supporting a federal crime bill when she said of criminal youths, “We have to bring them to heel.” The bill has been criticized by the BLM movement for being too harsh on minorities.
“They are not just gangs of kids anymore,” Clinton said at the time, calling for taking back the streets from “crime, gangs and drugs” in the speech. “They are often the kinds of kids that are called super-predators. No conscience, no empathy. We can talk about why they ended up that way, but first we have to bring them to heel.”
The protester initially had her back to Clinton, but Clinton peered around and then realized what the sign said.
“We want you to apologize for mass incarceration. I’m not a super-predator, Hillary Clinton,” the protester said. “Will you apologize to black people for mass incarceration?”
“Well, can I talk?” Clinton asked. “And then maybe you can listen to what I say.”
“Yes, absolutely,” the protester said.
Someone could be heard hissing in the audience during their confrontation. The woman then interrupted Clinton again to say she’d referred to black people as “super-predators,” and the jeering from Clinton supporters grew in earnest.
“You’re being rude!” one woman called out. “That’s not appropriate,” another said.
“You want to hear the facts or do you just want to talk?” Clinton asked.
“You owe black people an apology,” the protester said, again repeating her quote about super-predators.
She was finally led away and Clinton returned to her remarks about criminal justice reform and gun control.