Former President Bill Clinton engaged with a protester at a Tuesday rally, who accused Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, of sending “millions of my people to prison.”
“I will not vote for a candidate that sent millions of my people to prison,” the protester said during the former president’s speech.
He seemed to be referencing the landmark 1994 criminal justice bill, which Hillary has since apologised for. She was not in a position to vote for it at the time, but made a controversial comment about “superpredators” two years later, which she has also since apologised for.
“Wait, wait, wait,” Bill responded when the crowd at the Athens, Ohio rally responded by chanting “Hillary, Hillary, Hillary.”
“I agree, if I had sent millions of your people to prison, or she had, that wouldn’t be good,” he said. “Hillary didn’t vote for the ’94 crime bill, even though Sen. [Bernie] Sanders did.”
He told the Ohio University crowd that “neither one of them” was attempting to “send millions of your people to prison.”
“Because fewer than 10% of our prison population is in the federal prison system,” he said. “And she was the first person in this campaign who said we ought to do something to change the incarceration policies. No one else has done that.”
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