The hashtag #WhichHillary trended on Twitter all day today after Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was confronted by a Black Lives Matter protester at a South Carolina fundraiser.
The all-important South Carolina Primary is Saturday, in which blacks make up a significant part of the electorate that will choose between Clinton and challenger Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, the independent socialist running as a Democrat.
Team Clinton apparently expects the African-American community there to catapult her to victory in the primary.
Recent polling projects a Hillary Clinton primary victory on Saturday in the Palmetto State.
Donald Trump decisively won the GOP contest on February 20.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, the protester made her way to the front of the group of donors who had attended yesterday’s Hillary for President event — each of whom, like Williams, paid $500 to be there. As the presidential hopeful spoke about issues like gun control and criminal justice, the Black Lives Matter protester held up a sign quoting a portion of a speech, caught on video, that Hillary Clinton had made in 1996 calling for at-risk youth whom she described as “super predators” needing to be brought “to heel.”
In context, Clinton was expressing support for the 1996 Violent Crime Control Act, a.k.a. the crime bill, that her husband, former President Bill Clinton, signed into law.
Activists claim that the legislation resulted in mass incarcerations of African-Americans.
— Elliott (@theaveragevoter) February 25, 2016
The protester told Mrs Clinton that “I am not a super predator,” and then asked “will you apologize to black people for mass incarcerations?”
— Cheryl Claypoole (@cclaypoole) February 25, 2016
Somewhat dismissively, Clinton responded that “can I talk and then maybe you can listen to what I have to say?” Security then escorted the young woman out of the event. The crowd surrounding the Black Lives Matter advocate, which the Huffington Post reported was mostly white, began to boo and hiss her.
— Brandon M Fosco (@bmfoscotweets) February 25, 2016
In response to the social media frenzy, Hillary Clinton told the Washington Post today that “Looking back, I shouldn’t have used those words, and I wouldn’t use them today.”
At the time the crime bill was passed by Congress, Hillary Clinton was the spouse of a president. Bernie Sanders was a sitting member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and he voted in favor of the crime bill, according to the Post.
— Bernie 2016 (@Craig19Eighty8) February 25, 2016
Users with the WhichHillary hashtag raised a variety of issues apart from the crime bill (see below), such as her close financial ties to Wall Street, her vote in favor of the Iraq War, and her role as Secretary of State in helping to orchestrate the Libyan bombing campaign which turned that country into an ISIS enclave. Others questioned her feminist credentials given her support for her husband’s alleged extracurricular activities, assailed her flip-flop on marriage equality, and her support for international trade deals.
— Dykstra Dame (@DykstraDame) February 25, 2016
Do you think the #WhichHillary trending hashtag, which presumably was seized upon by mostly Bernie Sanders supporters, will have a decisive influence on the South Carolina primary on Saturday? Do you believe the allegations raised in the #WhichHillary social media pile-on are legitimate?
[Photo by Gerald Herbert/AP]
— Nad!aa (@Nadiaalie) February 25, 2016
— kaeggers (@kaeggers65) February 25, 2016
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