The political debate around Bill Clinton’s 1994 Crime Bill is rather complicated complicated as Hillary Clinton championed the bill but Bernie Sanders voted for the legislation, so he can’t get a free pass. Sanders does note that he criticized parts of the bill and ultimately voted for the bill because of provisions that he did support, such as the Violence Against Women Act and a ban on assault weapons.
It did seem that both campaigns did agree that the 1994 Crime Bill made mass incarceration worse and that Hillary Clinton’s racially-charged language about “superpredators” and how our nation “needed to bring them to heel” was no longer acceptable. Unfortunately, Bill Clinton disagrees and he was wrong to double down on his bill and racist language used by Hillary Clinton.
Former President Bill Clinton, when protested by Black Lives Matter activists today, he defended his wife’s racist language, instead of simply acknowledging that his wife admitted that she shouldn’t have used such damaging words. “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 in the streets to murder other African-American children,” the former president stated. “Maybe you thought they were good citizens — she didn’t.”
— Van Jones (@VanJones68) April 8, 2016
The small drug users who were diseased and locked away deserve it? Bill Clinton u owe the black community and black lives matter an apology
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) April 8, 2016