Hillary Clinton whooped and applauded on Tuesday when a woman at her forum on gun violence suggested Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) cared more about free college tuition than “dead” children.
Annette Nance-Holt, whose son was murdered in Chicago by a gang member trying to kill somebody else, praised Clinton for reaching out to her and other families affected by gun violence and slammed Sanders without saying his name.
“I applaud Secretary Clinton for reaching out to us because that other candidate on the Democratic side did not reach out to us,” Nance-Holt said. “Now, I’m going to tell you, I think if you want my vote, you better work for it. She’s working for our votes.”
The crowd applauded while the Democratic frontrunner nodded and smiled.
“I’m not going to give it to you just because you say you can do free college—because if my child is dead, he can’t go to college,” Nance-Holt said.
“Whoa-ho-ho,” Clinton said, joining in the applause.
Sanders’ plan for free public college tuition has made him popular among younger voters. His rival’s plan does not go as far, although that did not stop Chelsea Clinton from conflating aspects of her mother’s college affordability plan with that of Sanders last week.
Clinton has consistently tried to attack Sanders from the left on gun control, although Sanders often champions his own poor lifetime rating from the National Rifle Association. She leads in the delegate count for the 2016 Democratic nomination, but Sanders has made the race closer than expected and comes off multiple victories over the weekend.