Clinton ignores questions on Ferguson
August 24th, 2014
04:57 PM ET
8 years ago

Clinton ignores questions on Ferguson

Westhampton Beach, New York (CNN) - Hillary Clinton, who has yet to comment about the protests over the death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, ignored questions about the incident on Sunday.

After signing more than 700 books at Books & Books in Westhampton Beach, Clinton was asked by two reporters for her reaction to the controversy.

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Clinton ignored both questions and left the bookstore.

Liberal activists and civil rights leaders have asked Clinton for her response, saying she is the presumed front-runner for her party's presidential nomination in 2016 and that she has commented on major news stories in the past.

Michael Brown was shot dead earlier this month by a Missouri police officer. The shooting sparked large protests in the St. Louis suburb, which were highlighted by looting and a sizable police presence.

Attorney General Eric Holder visited Ferguson last week to check in on the federal civil rights investigation into the shooting, and President Barack Obama's White House has begun to look into the equipment the federal government provides to police forces.

At a rally earlier this month about the killing, Rev. Al Sharpton, a civil rights leader and host on MSNBC, said, "Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton, don’t get laryngitis on this issue."

He then added, "Nobody can go to the White House unless they stop by our house and talk about policing."

Clinton was well received in the tony New York beach town. Countless attendees urged her to run for president and some even demanded that she do so.

"You've gotta run," said one woman. "I want to vote for you." Another tried guilt, telling Clinton that voting for her was on her bucket list. "You can't deny me of that, right," she added.

Clinton also slightly tipped her hand on running a few times.

When one man said his brother was her youngest canvasser during her failed 2008 bid, Clinton respond with a smile, "Keep up your strength."

Another man asked Clinton for her campaign contact, to which the former first lady replied, "Oh, I don't have a campaign yet."

Two attendees offered mild protest to the former secretary of state. One asked a question about the United States' role in Iran and another said he disapproved of the way Clinton handled the Arab Spring.

In the latter case, Clinton urged the man to read her book.

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soundoff (338 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Oh, but ... hey. We're talking FOXabots getting their message out before fact finding is completed.....

    4. IRS"

    lol, when the facts mysteriously disappear on someones hard drive, a reasonable person might the pardon the republicans for coming up with their own conclusions from there.

    Yep. Two million plus lost e-mails during the Bush administration and not a peep from GOPerville.

    August 25, 2014 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. Navyvet8192

    I completely agree with KeepNewsREAL. This was a book signing, not a political campaign stop. The subject of discussion should be about her book, and what was in the chapters. Anything else is irrelevant to the book signing, and could negatively impact book sales. It was inappropriate of the reporter/s to even ask about it in this venue.

    August 25, 2014 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Honestly, the death and undeniably foul circumstances related to both Treyvon Martin and Michael Brown's death exposed that America (as great a country as it is) sees justice through a colored lense. American justice is a moving target with no bulls eye that varies from state to state and race to race.

    August 25, 2014 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. Terry

    Today, i gained a teenee weenee bit of respect for Hillary.

    August 25, 2014 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    There are many more sheep in many more states that she has to sell books to. So, off to her private gulfstream jet and 5 star hotels and scripted 90 minute stays at each event with vetted sheep glad handing the she devil.

    August 25, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. Big Bob

    Hee hee! FOXabots. You funny!

    August 25, 2014 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    She's dying to become president. It's all about greed and fame. In her mind, " if GWB and BO did it " then she can too.

    August 25, 2014 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. NYVeteran

    All I can think of is the South Park Episode about apologizing to Jesse Jackson. You cant get to the whit house without stopping at Al's house? 2 Mayors managed in NYC. Pucker up Hillary.

    August 25, 2014 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  9. Crampon

    Can't blame her, everyone knows a thug was shot and there is no downside to that.

    August 25, 2014 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. MARK

    She was right to keep her mouth shut. She knows nothing more than we all do. She stands to lose ALOT by saying anything. As much as I dislike her, we would all do well to follow suit and let the investigation find its facts and the legal system play out as it was desinged to do. Obama, Holder and the rest should go back to playing golf, or covering up the IRS issue or race hustle another situation. We could be in for a rude awakening when the actual investigation has concluded and all of the facts are in. Ferguson just might need that armored vehicle. If so....then thats the way it is and many people including the media can take credit for propagating this mess

    August 25, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |

    She should keep her mouth shut but as we all know it's not the democrat way unless of course they're hiding something and later come out as they've EVOLVED..

    August 25, 2014 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. dave

    She's just a bitter old white person. What do you really expect from her?

    August 25, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    ""Oh, but ... hey. We're talking FOXabots getting their message out before fact finding is completed....."

    Indeed. Today on Faux, the new line of attack against Michael Brown and the black community is that calling him an "unarmed teen" is actually the most egregious example of "playing the race card" they've all ever seen before. Who needs reality when you can write your own alternative?

    August 25, 2014 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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