MSNBC: Hillary Clinton’s Refusal to Put Boko Haram on Terrorist List Will Hurt Her in 2016

Hillary Clinton will have yet another decision as secretary of state scrutinized during her upcoming run for president.

Boko Haram, the Islamic terrorist group that Secretary of State John Kerry called one of the most evil in the world, was not always treated as a significant threat by the Obama administration.

As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton refused to put the group on the official U.S. terrorist list.

Many officials have said the decision not to put Boko Haram on the terrorist organization list limited what the United States could do to stop their atrocities.

On MSNBC Monday night, Lawrence O'Donnell asked whether the kidnapping of hundreds of girls was when the world started paying attention to Boko Haram.

"This is going to be a problem for Hillary Clinton because Boko Haram has been around for quite a while," MSNBC analyst China Okasi said. "When Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, she was a bit reluctant to put the group on the terrorist list because she did not want to give the group the validation."

Boko Haram has devastated Nigeria for years, but never worse than in 2014. The Islamist militant group based out of northeast Nigeria is believed to be responsible for over 10,000 deaths in the last year alone. More than 200,000 have fled the country in fear of the violence.

Just two weeks ago, Boko Haram seized and obliterated the town of Baga, reportedly killing 2,000 innocent citizens. The organization has not slowed since the attack, strapping explosives on little girls to use them as suicide bombers.

With reports of unthinkable violence available for years, the logical question of why Clinton refused to put Boko Haram on the terrorist list is one she will face when she tries to prove she can be trusted with the presidency.