MSNBC host Al Sharpton stated that “the way that President Clinton responded, in terms of his kind of reprimand and lecturing,” of Black Lives Matter protesters, “was inappropriate” on Monday’s “The Place for Politics 2016” on MSNBC.
Sharpton said, “I think that the way that President Clinton responded, in terms of his kind of reprimand and lecturing, was inappropriate, and I think he said, in retrospect, I don’t know what he means by ‘almost’ apologize.”
Sharpton added, “I think we’ve got to be fair…both Senator [Bernie] Sanders (I-VT), and Hillary Clinton supported the crime bill. The irony of this is there is no division in what they did in ’94.”
He further stated, “Now, the predator statement is a different issue, but, I mean, I think that clearly many of us said, we think that was an offensive statement, she says she was talking about gang members, but one of the things we’re going to be dealing with at the convention this week is, if we’re going to take her statement of 20 years ago, you’ve got to take his statement in the recent debate where he referred to blacks as being in the ghetto, and being poor. So, when — and that was just three weeks ago. So, how do we weigh what? but I want to make it real clear, there is no difference in ’94 Clinton and Sanders on how they supported that bill, and the reason I take that personally is because we were trying to get members of Congress to say it was going too far.”
Sharpton also argued that Sanders’ arguments on finance and class also had to factor in race, and the Sanders camp seems to be “in denial” about its numbers with black voters.
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