Taking on protesters is nothing new for Bill Clinton.
Back in 1992, when he was first seeking the presidency, several AID’s activists disrupted a rally he was holding in New York. Without the slightest hesitation, Clinton grabbed a microphone, pointed at the protesters and yelled, “You do not have the right to treat any human being, including me, with no respect. I have treated you and all the people who’ve interrupted my rallies with a hell of a lot more respect than you’ve treated me!”
Now fast forward nearly a quarter century to today when Black Lives Matter protesters interrupted Clinton’s speech in Philadelphia.
“I don’t know how you would characterize the gang leaders who got 13-year-old kids hopped on crack and sent them out on the street to murder other African-American children,” Clinton said voice raised, shaking his finger at a heckler as Clinton supporters cheered. “Maybe you thought they were good citizens. Hillary didn’t. You are defending the people who kill the lives you say matter! Tell the truth.”
According to a Reuters article, several protesters held up signs which said, “CLINTON Crime Bill Destroyed Our Communities.”
Bill Clinton admitted last year that he regretted signing the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act into law because it contributed to the high incarceration rate of black people for nonviolent crimes.