September 26, 2016

FLASHBACK: Clinton’s “Super-Predator” Comment Damages Her Credibility On Criminal Justice Reform

Hillary Clinton’s 1996 “super predator” comment was a serious problem for her during the Democratic primary. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was always sure to bring the heinous comment up when the Democratic debates turned to criminal justice reform.

When the Presidential debate broached that criminal justice reform, Clinton’s past confrontations with Black Lives Matter activists over Clinton’s “super-predator” comment again had the Democratic nominee on the defensive. See below for more on Clinton’s contentious history with the Black Lives Matter movement:

Pressed by an activist about her 1996 remarks in which she called black youth “super-predators” and stated “we have to bring them to heel,” Clinton told NBC News’ Chuck Todd that those remarks were “a poor choice of words.”

HILLARY CLINTON: “They are not just gangs of kids anymore. They are often the kinds of kids that are called ‘super-predators’ – no conscience, no empathy. We can talk about why they ended up that way but first we have to bring them to heel.”

Clinton’s campaign is built around a coalition that relies heavily on African American voters. Eager to put this issue to rest, Clinton used her “poor choice of words” excuse—a familiar rhetorical device for Clinton.

In November, Clinton bragged to a New Hampshire crowd that she “voted numerous times” to “build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in.”

But in Nevada, a state with a significant Latino population, Clinton trotted out ol’ faithful: “poor choice of words.”


Clinton is so desperate to win, she only offers up these apologies when pressed by voters for her words and actions.