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Bill Clinton regrets that his comments about Black Lives Matter were taken out of context. The former president of the United States lost his honorary ghetto pass for saying Black Lives Matter activists defending the same criminals who kill the lives you say matter.

"You are defending the people who kill the lives you say matter," Clinton told hecklers while defending his 1994 anti-black crime bill at a Philadelphia rally on Thursday.

Clinton walked back his controversial statements at a Erie, Penn., rally on Friday. He said, "I almost want to apologize for” his response to a female heckler who was speaking over him at Thursday's rally.

“I realized I was talking past her the way she was talking past me,” Clinton said of the female protester. "I know those young people yesterday were just trying to get good television, and they did. But that doesn't mean I was most effective in answering it."

Clinton said he was "vigorously" defending his estranged wife Hillary Clinton, who once called black youths "super predators."

Clinton continued defending his 1994 crime bill, saying the laws took savage criminals off the streets.

“It is true that [the bill] led to some people going to jail for too long in ways that cannot be justified. And I went to the NAACP convention last year and said that and said it was way past time to change.”

He added: “I don't know how you would characterize the gang leaders who got 13-year-old kids hopped up on crack and send them out in the street to murder other African-American children,” he said. "Maybe you thought they were good citizens, she didn’t. She didn’t," he said referring to Hillary.

Though still married on paper, Hillary and Bill Clinton haven't lived together under the same roof in years.

  • southern

    You know folks kill me saying exactly what they mean and then back track and say the shit was taken out of context. No it wasn't

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    He said some of what I wish some black leaders would say to folks...

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    He should have pulled a NeNe. 'I SAID WHAT I SAID!"

  • ?Sugar&Spice?

    Such a shame.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    *jacked

    (CNN)Bill Clinton, while campaigning for his wife's presidential bid Friday, addressed a fiery exchange with Black Lives Matter protesters earlier in the week, saying it bothers him when protesters drown him out but added that he "almost" wanted to apologize for his response.

    "We see all these rallies interrupted by people that are angry. Now I like
    and believe in protests. I'd be a hypocrite if I didn't 'cause I engaged
    in some when I was a kid but I never thought I should drown anyone else out," Clinton said at a rally in Erie, Pennsylvania, referencing the
    15-minute exchange he had with protesters in Philadelphia on Thursday.

    "And I confess maybe it's just a sign of old age but It bothers me now when that happens. So I did something yesterday in Philadelphia I almost want to apologize for but I want to use it as an example of the danger threatening our country."

    "I know those young people yesterday were just trying to get good television, and they did, but that doesn't mean I was most effective in answering it," Clinton said.

    Clinton went on to say that in order to move forward as a country all sides of debate need to listen to both sides.

    On Thursday, protesters shouted that "black youth are not super
    predators," taking issue with a phrase then-first lady Hillary Clinton
    used in a 1996 speech about violent crime committed by young people.

    They also heckled Bill Clinton for the 1994 crime bill he signed into law as president that cracked down on gangs but also put more non-violent
    offenders in prison for longer stays.

    "You are defending the people who killed the lives you say matter," the former President told protesters.

    One protester's signs declared, in an apparent reference to the toppling of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, that "Hillary is a murderer." The protesters repeatedly shouted over Clinton, ignoring his responses and invoking Clinton's ties to Wall Street, as well.

  • MotherOfDragons, GetOffMyENuts

    They took Hillary's original statement out of context and instead of saying that the Clintons keep apologizing. For what? She never said all black youths are super predators. Period. Stop the apologies and tell these people to read the original statement in its entirety. There's nothing to apologize for IF they do because what she said was true.

  • rayne215

    White people think black folks just shoot each other all day. Also when crime does happens the misconception is that we don't care nor speak up when that is not the case. It's plenty of black leaders, neighborhoods rallye etc that speak out against black on black crime

  • Michelle

    ????????

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Hey Southern! ;)

    ION think he's backtracking.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Folks are gonna think and believe EXACTLY what they want to OR (fake) get worked up over....

    #next

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    There should be more being organized.

  • It’s Taurus Season

    *sigh* I just cant. Im out of all political fux for the week. Going home to my kids, my current male situation, and a whole lot of Henny. Good day.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    !!!

  • MotherOfDragons, GetOffMyENuts

    It really makes me wonder how smart these people truly are. Everything isn't about strategies. It would have been to her benefit to be more organic and simply say "My statement was taken out of context. What is being implied is not what I said. I refuse to address this further and anyone that wants to twist my words rather than do the research on what I DID say or focus on this instead of the issues that really matter can have at it."

  • Renay Peters

    What did he say wrong?

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    YES! Exactly!

    AND them to be out here representing the whole entire BLM movement!!! AND yall not schooling your members, giving them good info, etc. THAT is what gets me mad

  • MookieFly

    I guess Bill not invited to the next cookout. Leave yo saxophone playin ass at home

  • MotherOfDragons, GetOffMyENuts

    I don't know who is advising her but she needs a Nene Leakes type on her team like Zoe said.The way she's handling this is making me question her ability to be genuine, firm in her word, and not sway with the wind. It speaks to a lack of confidence.

  • iWasteTime

    All of this!!

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    I hope THIS opens up the convo.
    I agree she needs to get more tough, not loud, but more in your face.

  • MotherOfDragons, GetOffMyENuts

    She's the first woman with a REAL chance. If she wants to win she has to be stronger. Stand firm. Stop trying to appeal to the world. Be confident in her stance and message. Period. Hillary must not know about how in 2016 there are no fyucks given. Somebody better tell her.

  • MotherOfDragons, GetOffMyENuts

    Someone mentioned the sneaky shyt going on with the Republicans with regards to Paul Ryan. Let's discuss that too since this is a political post because I agree. They are trying to lowkey see if their people will go for a Paul Ryan type shake up. They do not want Trump.

  • rayne215

    The thing is they think every black person interrupting at an political event is with BLM. When that's not the case

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Twas EYE.

  • Put some Respeck on B.Sweet

    New post... There's a thief

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    There's some video that he put out today. I didn't watch it, I just thought that it was odd.

    Plus I keep hearing about the possibiblitity of cruz taking delegates and PR's name always pops up.

  • 80sChild

    He didn't say anything wrong. He spoke the truth, but many of us black folks can't handle the truth, deny the truth or ignore the truth when it comes to our foolishness (black on black crime being number one). And the female protester speaking over him, only makes herself look foolish too. Talking over someone is not effective, doesn't get you taken seriously and is just tacky. The classy and articulate approach is much better.

  • MotherOfDragons, GetOffMyENuts

    It's the game. They are trying to be lowkey yet insidious. Get a buzz going with regards to Paul Ryan but make it seem organic. Ryan definitely wants the nomination. He's no better than Trump, for women and minorities in particular he's just as bad if not worse.

  • THE OLDER SISTAH

    Thank you because when I originally heard what she supposedly said I was heated. Checked it out and then got mad that they twisted her words. Hillary Clinton is not the ideal candidate, there isn’t one, especially this time around but in my opinion she is the most qualified. Just my opinion.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    I totally agree!
    On the news last night, they were saying how trump made cruz look normal. And they(all of them) are trying to make PR look "Leaderly"

  • nucynu25

    Girl , sound like u bout to have a good night ??

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    They hate Trump. The RNC fault they let him get this far.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    Here's the problem- This country is bigoted. This country constantly labels and groups individuals into categories. Bill is doing that by saying BLM is defending criminals. He's assuming all these blacks that have been killed at the hands of law enforcement are all criminals (that's racist LOL). BLM is absolutely NOT defending criminals. BLM obviously doesn't support black on black violence so no need for deflection. He's an elitist who refuses to be empathetic to what he doesn't understand. His point of view is clearly why the prison system expanded under his administration.

    These tactics of spinning the truth have been used by this country and others like it for a long time. They want us to believe human beings deserve sh*tty treatment. If anything, black on black crime and police violence both stem from the same capitalist/slavery ridden past! All of this bullsh*t is related, KNOW THAT!

  • morenYAHdelsur

    That sax, them shades...bring the chronic though!

  • morenYAHdelsur

    You're correct. I abhor those who do not get this. Or those like your other reply that say- yea but it ain't enough organization??? LOL I can't with some of these folks. We've become so conditioned that we cannot even empathize with one another. That's true Israelites for you though.

  • Li

    I don't think that Clinton should apologize. It was a different time and everybody -- Black pols, the Black community, police, politicians wanted a tough crime bill. They wanted the gangs and drug users off the streets. Was the sentencing too harsh? Maybe, but I'm so sock of these pols backtracking on their statement. BLM people weren't even born in 1994 so they don't have any idea how the neighborhoods were.

  • Li

    Does BLM know that Bernie voted FOR the crime bill?

  • Candace

    Right! And this is not his first time saying something like this either. With some of the shit he spews, I'm left wondering if he truly wants his wife to win this election or he's just trying to sabotage her. Its so crazy! SMH

  • guest

    DONT VOTE FOR HILLARY !!!! The CLINTONS R PHUCKED UP. ALOT OF INJUSTICE TO BLACKS WAS DONE DURING THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION.

  • http://worldstarhiphop.com/ The Dutchess

    Bill I'm personally revoking your black card

  • JayCee087

    He said nothing wrong. Some however just find it hypocritical of him to denounce those "criminals" when his policies has place many a *non-violent*/petty offender behind bars for near-life sentences.

  • JayCee087

    Trump was a neocon trojan horse from the jump.

    The establishment wants Killary, but there's an overwhelming sentiment among Americans that they are not interested in another KKKlinton. Colonel Sanders is in the presidential show as a beta tester, to gauge how many Americans are willing to embrace communism (under the guise of 'democratic socialism'). They hate Cruz as well because, despite being the typical war-mongering neocon, he has denounced a few pertinent republican ideologies (corporate welfare, big oil continuity, etc.)

    Then you have Trump, the perfect hegalian dialectic/divide and conquer/manchuraian candidate. He has no real plans, no real policies, a flip-flopper on political ideologies; he's just an orange dude with a bad wig who speaks before he thinks which is conducive for riling up an already overly-sensitive, politically correct, statist society.

    As far as Paul Ryan is concerned he is the pro-establishment war-mongering neocon that could swoop in to save what they are saying is a "crumbling" conservative party. As we all know delegates decide which candidate gets the nominee, NOT the American people so given the chance that Ryan suddenly changes his mind to run the republican delegates will give him the nomination.

  • AJ

    TRUTH: White people have killed more black people in this country than anyone else.
    ...the f#ck outta here with that nonsense, Bill. No one ever wants to admit this.
    I'm ok with Hillary as first lady. Not too keen about him being first man.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.daniels.7311 Lisa Daniels

    I rather have the witch than the devil.

  • Mister Fantastic

    Why should he apologize for telling the truth? Don't see BLM interrupting KeKe pushing that dope on the corner!

  • LithiumHaitianFlower

    I'm still inclined to believe BLM is but a manufactured movement by the oppressor with the use of people of color. BLM level of ignorance is fascinating. They have yet to protest against the drug dealers within their communities, the very pimps in their neighborhood exploiting&trafficking our women instead they called these things 'hustle', they have yet to boycott their local hood Chinese food takeout & junk food that are murdering and poising our people with countless chemicals, preservatives,& GMO foods...the list is endless. Do all Black Lives Matter NOT matter? BLM has no proper leadership. They could make a serious impact IF they knew what they were doing

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    I do hope that they get it together because they surely could be a great movement!

  • Molly Church

    Amen??????

  • Molly Church

    ??

  • Enoughsaid2020

    Sounds like he has the foot to mouth disease!

  • don juan

    Any Black person who votes for Hillary is crazy.

  • Emily post

    The real question is. He lying or telling the Truth? There are some issues with these so called protesters...

  • morenYAHdelsur

    And how do you know this? Are you in every hood monitoring what blacks protest against? I think not LOL.

  • whitty hutton

    Yeah...tell that to the Black folks in Chicago. Statistics don't mean shyt when Black folks are killing other Black folks day in and day out in your neighborhood, right next door, etc.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    There are super predators of all races, blacks included. Anyone with an ounce of commonsense can see the BLM group defends criminals.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    I have a feeling most of the BLM participants are criminals.

  • shaylynnn

    He doesn't want her in the White House. That's the only explanation I have for a man who's spent his adult life in situations like this. He has the training & ability to respond while putting his emotions aside but he didn't.

  • shaylynnn

    Bye bih. ?? BLM is & was created bye black women. The core values are very clear if you actually took the time to find out what they were. Anyone who has access to the Internet shouldn't be dense enough to believe that dumb sht.

  • Ms. Dawn

    Black LIves Matter is a movement that organized to combat the issue of Police Brutality. That is literally the mission of the organization. I'm not saying what you are saying is not valid. But that is not the focus of this group of people. Now my question is why are we as Black people so quick to tell other people who have put together something what they should or should not focus on? What groups have all of you put together before BLM because Black on Black crime existed before Trayvon, Freddy, or Tamir. But we expect BLM to now focus on all the problems in the Black community. Start your own group and lead them if you think you can do it better.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Aren't black women partially responsible for the plight in the black community?

  • facingrealit1

    Bernie stated that the bill was disastrous however as is typical of Republicans to get many bills passed they insert other elements. The Crime Bill element that Bernie signed had Domestic Violence Protections included. You Negros are going to regret voting for Hillary. She is a Republican lite just like your uncle Barack.

  • facingrealit1

    Bernie stated that the bill was disastrous however as is typical of Republicans to get many bills passed they insert other elements. The Crime Bill element that Bernie signed had Domestic Violence Protections included. You Negros are going to regret voting for Hillary. She is a Republican lite just like your uncle Barack.

  • facingrealit1

    Except that her statement wasn't organic and she MEANT exactly what she said.

  • facingrealit1

    Except that her statement wasn't organic and she MEANT exactly what she said.

  • facingrealit1

    Hillary is about POWER - and besting Bill during his term. A woman scorned is dangerous and who amongst us could sit in an office at a desk that her husband used to receive favors. Hillary don't care one iota about black people except to get your votes and then do you just like Barack. What has he done for us lately? He passed a law benefiting every group but blacks and you expect more from Hillary? Really black people.

  • facingrealit1

    Hillary is about POWER - and besting Bill during his term. A woman scorned is dangerous and who amongst us could sit in an office at a desk that her husband used to receive favors. Hillary don't care one iota about black people except to get your votes and then do you just like Barack. What has he done for us lately? He passed a law benefiting every group but blacks and you expect more from Hillary? Really black people.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    ??

  • AriesSun

    Trump 2016....If he's not on the ballot,then I won't waste my time voting for a democrat or republican. Hillary Clinton is a racist who think she's entitled.She could care less about Blacks.

    I would vote for Trump because he talks my talk. Bringing jobs back due to bad trade bills and building a wall, to keep the illegals out of the country.

  • AriesSun

    There's no difference between Republicans and Democrats.Both are establishment,which explains why both are trying to sideline Trump.

    Trump will get my vote because he isn't an establishment politician.

  • FIGHT THE POWER

    black folk will forget, and will be buck dancing for her next week... doing the milly rock or whatever...

  • shaylynnn

    What does that have to do w this conversation? Black women trying to make sure our children are protected because no one else will isn't a problem. These women are in their late twenties so, how exactly are their actions any reflection on the black community's plight as a whole?

    Be smarter.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    If they cared about their children's safety, they wouldn't play fast and loose with their reproductive organs. Irresponsible "single moms" raising irresponsible daughter who later become irresponsible single moms. LMAO!

  • shaylynnn

    ? What I say & what you understand is obviously v different. I didn't say their children, I said ours but you clearly aren't apart of the black community so your point & opinion is moot. ?????

    Again, be smarter. ?

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Bye, single mom.

  • shaylynnn

    ??? I'm nobody's mother!
    Bye ugly.