Quote of the Day:
If you’re a Democratic politician, you uncomplainingly take cr-p from militant African-Americans; it’s what you do. Unless you’re Bill Clinton.
—Paul Mirengoff at Power Line
If you want to see how the Democratic Party has become more radical since Bill Clinton was in the White House, compare the former president's bluntness about Black Lives Matter with the tiptoeing of current Democrats.
President Clinton got into a verbal slugfest with Black Lives Matter protestors the other day:
For almost 15 minutes Clinton sparred with protesters who objected to the 1994 criminal justice reform bill he signed into law as president that increased prison sentences for a number of gang-related offenses. Black Lives Matter activists claim the bill disproportionately hurt African-Americans.
A visibly agitated Clinton told the protesters that the bill helped crack down on gangs who were killing African-American children.
"I talked to a lot of African-American groups. They thought black lives mattered. They said take this bill because our kids are being shot in the street by gangs. We had 13-year-old kids planning their own funerals," Clinton said.
One protester yelled that “black youth are not super predators” – a reference to a statement Hillary Clinton made as first lady. The former president shot back.
“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 onto the streets to murder other African-American children, maybe you thought they were good citizens,” Clinton said, his face turning increasingly red. “She didn’t.”
“You are defending the people who killed the lives you say matter. Tell the truth. You are defending the people who cause young people to go out and take guns,” Clinton yelled.
Wow! A Democrat who is not afraid to say that people are in prison because of crimes rather than discrimination!
You don't hear Democrats being this blunt today.To be sure, Clinton was angry partly because they were protesting bills he had signed (Clinton also defended the welfare reform bill he signed, anathema to Black Lives Matter), but this is strong stuff for a Democrat.
Paul Mirengoff's piece at Powerline has some demographic analysis, and I don't know that I agree with his take. But he does point out that any future Democrat who is not Bill Clinton must campaign and govern from the left.