In the Wake of Philly Confrontation with #BlackLivesMatter Protesters, Clintons Head to Black Churches for Redemption

In the Wake of Philly Confrontation with #BlackLivesMatter Protesters, Clintons Head to Black Churches for Redemption


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president-bill-clinton-abyssinian-baptist-church-300x199After the condescending remarks he made during his confrontation with Black Lives Matter protesters in Philadelphia last week, former President Bill Clinton has emerged without a scratch.

Black support continued to flow for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over the weekend, as she and her husband did not skip a beat on Sunday, traveling to half a dozen New York-area Black churches and a campaign stop in Baltimore, as the Washington Post reported. In the process, the former secretary of state gained three endorsements — Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.), Rep. Gregory W. Meeks (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.).

“This is a historic day,” said Rangel as he introduced Bill Clinton at Antioch Baptist Church in Harlem. “What makes it so important is that we have a chance to thank the Clinton family.”

Rangel reminded the congregation that he pushed the former president to make Harlem an economic empowerment zone to bring in funding for economic development, according to “The Post.”

Last Thursday, during the infamous confrontation, Black activists interrupted a speech the former president was giving in support of his wife’s candidacy. They faulted Hillary Clinton for her 1996 “super-predator” remarks — in which she spoke of crime committed by youth of color — and denounced the ex-president for the mass incarceration brought on by his 1994 crime bill. The former commander-in-chief became defensive and justified his policies in the process.

“You are defending the people who killed the lives you say matter,” the former President told the activists, accusing them of supporting drug gangs who murdered people. “I’ll tell you another story about a place where Black lives matter: Africa,” the former president told the crowd, arguing that Hillary Clinton was responsible for increasing the supply of AIDS drugs in Africa during her tenure as secretary of state.

Following the awkward encounter with Black Lives Matter protesters, the former president gave a half-hearted apology, if he did not stop short of issuing one, saying he “almost” wanted to apologize for his remarks.

“We see all these rallies interrupted by people that are angry. Now I like and believe in protests. I’d be a hypocrite if I didn’t ’cause I engaged in some when I was a kid, but I never thought I should drown anyone else out,” Clinton said on Friday while campaigning for his wife in Erie, Pa., according to CNN.

“And I confess maybe it’s just a sign of old age but it bothers me now when that happens. So I did something yesterday in Philadelphia I almost want to apologize for, but I want to use it as an example of the danger threatening our country,” President Clinton added. “I know those young people yesterday were just trying to get good television, and they did, but that doesn’t mean I was most effective in answering it.”