At a fundraising event for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton – where attendees had to pay $500 to get in – a couple activists with Black Lives Matter interrupted the candidate during her speech and demanded apologies for her past comments about black people.
The two activists paid $500 to attend the Charleston, South Carolina fundraising event. One activist Ashley Williams held a sign that had a quote from Hillary Clinton written on it, while the other unidentified activist recorded the confrontation. Secret Service eventually escorted out the activist with the sign. Following the encounter, a visibly flustered Hillary Clinton continued, “Okay, back to the issues, the issues that I think are important.”
This is what was written on the cloth sign: “We have to bring them to heel.” This is in reference to a speech Hillary Clinton gave in Keene, New Hampshire in 1996 about youths who grow up to be in gangs. During the same speech, she referred to these same youths as “super-predators.” Here’s what she said in context:
“They’re 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.”
The Black Lives Matter activist holding the sign demanded an apology from Hillary Clinton about these remarks, accusing Hillary Clinton of calling black people “super-predators” and stating that they have to be “brought to heel.”
Democrat presidential contenders so far have not been immune from the Black Lives Matter treatment. Hillary Clinton, Senator Bernie Sanders, and Governor Martin O’Malley have had to deal with activists interrupting their campaign speeches by taking over their microphones and protesting the candidates. In Seattle last August, Black Lives Matter protesters interrupted a Bernie Sanders campaign event: