Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton responded in an interview aired Sunday to the way her husband and former President Bill handled Black Lives Matter protesters who interrupted him at a campaign event last week.
Bill was speaking at a rally in Pennsylvania when the protesters interrupted him. He aggressively defended his 1994 crime bill, but later expressed regret for his response.
Hillary offered a clarification for Bill’s words on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“Well, I think what Bill said is that we should all be listening to each other. And I certainly have been listening,” Clinton said, before pivoting the conversation to talk about her campaign.
CNN host Jake Tapper asked her if there was ever a conflict between Bill campaigning for her and defending his own administration.
“Well, he’s not only a former president, he’s my husband. And he does take defending and protecting me very seriously, and I appreciate that. And I think he has a great legacy,” she replied, noting that Bill has conceded that lowering crime needs to be addressed.
But Clinton wouldn’t tell Tapper what she said to Bill after she viewed the clip of his interaction with the protesters.
“I mean, you know, he believes that people need to talk and listen to each other,” Clinton said. “And he is often, you know, very clear, I will listen to you, but then you have to listen to me — respond and we need to get back to doing that.”