In Philly, Bill Clinton Vigorously Defended The 1994 Crime Bill He Signed
At an event in Philadelphia, Bill Clinton’s speech was interrupted by protestors who opposed Bill Clinton signing the 1994 crime bill as president.
As First Lady, Hillary Clinton championed the crime bill and the policies that contributed to a sharp increase in incarceration rates. Specifically, Clinton advocated for “three strikes and you’re out policies,” and even lobbied Congress for the now-controversial crime bill, which put more cops on the street and imposed tougher sentencing guidelines.
Today, Secretary Clinton wants no association with the crime bill, even dodging a question during a debate in March:
That painfully awkward response drew a critical response from activist DeRay Mckesson:
Hillary punted on actually responding re: why black folks should trust her given her past support of the Crime Bill. #DemDebate
— deray mckesson (@deray) March 7, 2016