Bill Clinton, while campaigning for his wife, addressed a fiery exchange he had with Black Lives Matter protesters.
“I like and believe in protests,” Clinton told a crowd in Pennsylvania. “But I never thought I should drown anybody else out. And I confess — maybe it’s just a sign of old age — but it bothers me now when that happens.”
“I almost want to apologize for it,” he added. “But I want to use it as an example of the danger threatening our country.”
The Guardian reports that the former president lost his cool after being interrupted, saying to the audience:
“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 on the street to murder other African-American children,” Clinton said. “Maybe you thought they were good citizens — she didn’t. She didn’t!”
“You are defending the people who killed the lives you say matter,” he added. “Tell the truth!”
Clinton said he “realized” the two sides of the argument were talking past each other, instead of having a conversation.
“We’ve got to stop that in this country,” he said. “We’ve got to listen to each other again.”