Clinton Blows Up at NPR Host Over Questions on Her Support for Gay Rights

Clinton: 'You are playing with my words'

• June 12, 2014 2:52 pm


Hillary Clinton lost patience with an NPR radio interviewer who asked her several times to clarify the evolution of her views on gay marriage.

"Would you say your view evolved since the 90s, or that the American public evolved, allowing you to state your real view?" asked radio host Terry Gross.

Clinton at first avoided directly answering the question, replying, "I think I’m an American, I think that we have all evolved, and it’s been one of the fastest, most sweeping transformations that I’m aware of."

"I understand," Gross said, "but a lot of people believed in it already back in the nineties. A lot of people already supported gay marriage."

"To be fair Terry, not that many," Clinton insisted. "Were there activists who were ahead of their time? Well that was true in every human rights and civil rights movement but the vast majority of Americans were just waking up to this issue."

Clinton continued to dodge the question with answers like, "Somebody is always first, Terry. Somebody is always out front, and thank goodness they are. "

But eventually Clinton blew up at the host, retorting, "I have to say, I think you are being very persistent, but you are playing with my words and playing with what is such an important issue."

Although Gross protested that she was only seeking to clarify, Clinton snapped, "No, I don’t think you are trying to clarify. I think you are trying to say that I used to be opposed and now I am in favor and I did it for political reasons. And that’s just flat wrong."

Clinton eventually admitted directly that she did not always support gay marriage.

(H/T America Rising)

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