Today, Bill Clinton kinda sorta considered apologizing for the dust-up with the BLM protesters in Philly yesterday, but not quite. Via TPM:
On Friday, he told the audience that his aim was to “vigorously defend” his wife and said that he was provoked by the protesters speaking over him.
“I realized I was talking past her the way she was talking past me,” Clinton said of one of the female protesters. “I know those young people yesterday were just trying to get good television and they did. But that doesn’t mean I was most effective in answering it.”
“I almost want to apologize for” my response, he added.
Honestly, I don’t know how to feel about the incident. My initial reaction was that Clinton didn’t do anything so very wrong, aside from use some unfortunate wording. Constructive engagement didn’t seem to be on the protesters’ agenda. But I’ll admit I can be utterly clueless about things like this.
Both Clintons have expressed regret about the unintended consequences of the 90s crime bill, which any humane person involved in that endeavor should. Today, Bill Clinton mentioned that. But during the incident yesterday, he sounded like an apologist for those policies.
Some folks have speculated that this was an elaborately staged “Sistah Souljah” moment. I think that’s bullshit, not least because it would be a dumb move politically. My theory is that Bill Clinton loves his wife, knows how much he owes her and really, really wants her to win. And that can lead him to be less able a politician on the trail for Hillary Clinton than he is when campaigning for himself.
Anyway, Bill Clinton shouldn’t have taken the bait and made the incident the focus of a news cycle. It sounds like that’s what he’s sorry about today. Will this put the matter to rest? I don’t know. What do you think?