Shocking I know coming from perhaps the most mendacious man to be President, but he certainly did last week. Whether it was tactical, a la his Sister Souljah comment during the 1992 campaign, go here to read about it, or merely out of anger and exasperation, you be the judge:
At first, Clinton responded by touting the Democratic feel-good elements of the 1994 bill: a ban on assault weapons, funding for after-school programs in inner cities, and money for more cops “so that the police could look like the people they police.” It was then-Senator Joe Biden, Clinton said, who persuaded him to support the tougher sentencing measures in order to get the bill through a Republican Congress. But then, in the first of his inconvenient infusions of truth, Clinton added that it wasn’t just Republican lawmakers who wanted a tougher response to crime—it was also “African-American communities.” They urged him to sign the bill, he said, because their “kids were shot in the street by gangs.” Thirteen-year-olds were planning their funerals, according to Clinton. The result of the bill’s passage? “A 25-year low in crime, a 33-year low in the murder rate—and listen to this,” he said, “because of that and the background-check law, a 46-year low in the deaths of people from gun violence. And who do you think those lives were, that mattered? Whose lives were saved, that mattered?”
The hecklers weren’t placated. As chants continued to disrupt his speech, Clinton broke out in obvious exasperation: “I don’t know how you would characterize the gang leaders who got 13-year-old kids hopped up on crack and sent them out on the street to murder other African-American children,” Clinton said heatedly. “Maybe you thought they were good citizens, [Hillary] didn’t. You are defending the people who killed the people whose lives you say matter! Tell the truth. You are defending the people who caused young people to go out and take guns.”
Clinton also defended the historic 1996 welfare reform bill, currently the subject of a rearguard left-wing assault. If it increased poverty as its critics charge, he asked, “Why then did we have the largest drop in African-American poverty in history?”
Clinton’s equation of today’s virulent anti-cop protests with the enabling of criminals is about as visceral and daring a response to the Black Lives Matter movement as one could imagine. It also happens to be accurate. Data-driven, accountable policing and lengthened sentences for violent criminals have saved thousands of black lives since 1994. And now, as cops back off from proactive policing under the relentless charge that they’re racist for enforcing the law in minority neighborhoods, black lives—including children’s lives—are once again being lost at elevated rates, prompting no outcry or protests from Black Lives Matter. Clinton understands at a gut level the need for vigilant, strong law enforcement. He also knows that the people most hurt by crime are blacks.
Go here to read the rest. The Democrat party has long thriven by incitement of race hatred. Now some of that hatred is beginning to bite back at the Democrats. Part of the cause of Clinton’s comments I think is because his wife is so dependent upon black votes. Black votes have saved her in the primary against the largely lily white left legions of Bernie Sanders. Only a massive black turnout will save her in the fall if Cruz is the nominee, especially if the drip, drip, drip of the e-mail investigation continues or heats up. Bill Clinton, who has preternatural political instincts, understands this, and thus he reacted so strongly to the Black Lives Matters racists who threaten the overwhelming support that Hillary enjoys among blacks. Expect him to do so again in the near future. Any challenge to Hillary getting an overwhelming black vote must be met head on and Bill Clinton, the master politician, understands in his gut that this must be done. Hillary Clinton, who, at best, is a charmless and uninspired politician, is probably quaking in her sensible shoes at what her “hubbie” is doing. We will see how this plays out.