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April 10, 2016 6:20 am

Bill Clinton: I Regret the Way I Confronted Black Protesters

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Former President Bill Clinton. Photo: Israel's Channel 2/screenshot.

Former President Bill Clinton. Photo: Israel’s Channel 2/screenshot.

New York Times – Former President Bill Clinton said Friday that he regretted drowning out the chants of black protesters at a rally in Philadelphia the day before, when he issued an aggressive defense of his administration’s impact on black families. His reaction thrust a debate about the 1990s into the center of his wife’s presidential campaign, one that has focused heavily on issues of race and criminal justice.

“I know those young people yesterday were just trying to get good television,” Mr. Clinton said Friday of the Black Lives Matter protesters who had accused him and Hillary Clinton of supporting policies that devastated black communities. “But that doesn’t mean that I was most effective in answering it.”

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