After coming under fire Friday for praising Ronald and Nancy Reagan for starting “a national conversation” about HIV and AIDS, Hillary Clinton apologized for the remarks.
“While the Reagans were strong advocates for stem cell research and finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, I misspoke about their record on HIV and AIDS,” Clinton said in a statement released shortly after Nancy Reagan’s funeral. “For that, I’m sorry.”
Hillary Clinton’s statement on her comments about the Reagans’ record on HIV and AIDS: pic.twitter.com/RtIs0zpJfk
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 11, 2016
After Clinton’s remarks, many pointed out that the Reagans were far from strong advocates for HIV/AIDS awareness.
President Reagan did not give a major speech about HIV/AIDS until almost six years after the Center for Disease Control first documented the disease, according to BuzzFeed.
The site also published documents showing Nancy Reagan declined her friend’s request to seek treatment for the disease in France. He died less than two months later.