Black Lives Matter agitators stormed into a private fundraiser in South Carolina Wednesday evening and demanded Hillary Clinton explain what she meant in 1996 when she said America needs to bring “no conscience, no empathy, superpredator gangs of kids to their heels.”
Ashley Williams and her unnamed accomplice both paid $500 to attend Clinton’s event. Williams waited for Clinton to take center stage before she held a sign in the air with Clinton’s 1996 comments written on it.
Williams said the crowd of about 100 people shouted at her and demanded she sit down, while Clinton said nothing and stared at the sign.
“I wanted to bring her to confront her own words,” Williams said, according to the Huffington Post. “We did this because we wanted to make sure that black people are paying attention to her record, and we want to know what Hillary we are getting.”
Williams was escorted from the event by Secret Service.
Clinton’s latest flap with Black Lives Matter comes just days before the South Carolina primary, where the presidential candidate is relying on ample support from black voters.
The latest poll put Clinton up over 24 points against Bernie Sanders. But Clinton could face an uphill battle with black voters in the general election, just as Democrats are facing a massive enthusiasm gap.
GOP voters again outpace '12 primaries (SC +17%), DEMS again trail 2008 (NV -31%)… Over 1st 3: GOP +22% / DEM -22% pic.twitter.com/ruQFoYwu7k
— Bruce Mehlman (@bpmehlman) February 21, 2016
“Hillary Clinton has a pattern of throwing the Black community under the bus when it serves her politically,” Williams said before the event. “She called our boys ‘super-predators’ in ’96, then she race-baited when running against Obama in ‘08, now she’s a lifelong civil rights activist. I just want to know which Hillary is running for President, the one from ’96, ’08, or the new Hillary?”
Clinton has denounced her own past statements and recently released a proposal on racial justice.