Clinton ignores questions on Ferguson
August 24th, 2014
04:57 PM ET
7 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. rick

    Guess they didnt want to buy a book.. So was ignored..

    August 24, 2014 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. johnny Doughboy

    Is this the way she is, "Hey ya Dudes, I gotta sell my books and maybe try to live in the White House again, so don't ask those questions of me cuz I ain't got any answers for any of ya."

    August 24, 2014 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  3. PR

    Obama and members of his party don't care about anyone if they're not either an illegal alien or a felon who gets shot while doing something violent.

    August 24, 2014 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  4. Heather

    Please tell me we have someone more in touch than this to lead the Democratic party!

    August 24, 2014 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  5. Dennis

    One of the smartest things she has ever done is wait until all the evidence is in and all of the facts are known before commenting.

    August 24, 2014 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  6. Gopherit

    Hillary Clinton is another representative of the typical Wall St./Washington, D.C. insider political machine politicians who have run the U.S. for years, from both major parties. If she is on the ballot I will vote for a good third party candidate, or write in the name of one of our neighbor's cats or even Mikhail Gorbachev, all of whom would be better for the country and the world.

    August 24, 2014 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  7. rscalzo

    Holder is doing enough damage for the current administration for both of them. He has shown what a bunch of lowlifes they are in office and how they care little of anything beyond pushing their racial unrest agenda.

    No one has commented on the two officers shot trying to stop he two ex-cons who took the family hostage and sexually assaulted them. The 27 shot this weekend in Chicago. The five murders in Newark in five days.

    Maybe she should just say what everyone knows and saw.. "The rioters and looters were animals".

    August 24, 2014 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  8. Barry Lane

    The first move, or position she has made or taken, that makes some sense.

    August 24, 2014 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  9. Phil T. Listener

    "Read my book." That's the same out Paul Ryan used today at his book signing when questioned by DREAMERs.
    Both lame.

    August 24, 2014 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  10. Pete/Ark

    smartest thing she could have done ...there are no "correct" answers on Ferguson .

    August 24, 2014 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  11. Michael

    Why should she add fuel to the fire. What ever she says the media will turn and twist it into something that is totaly opsite of what was said. Where is the comment section on all the other brown shooting stories??????????

    August 24, 2014 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  12. jez oh peete

    Just another professional politician.

    August 24, 2014 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  13. DankoRamone

    I'd much rather have the chance to vote for Elizabeth Warren.

    August 24, 2014 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  14. Just sayin too....

    I don't understand why a comment from Hillary Clinton is required...I don't blame her. Whatever she says will come back to haunt her during the 2016 election. If anyone is really interested in opinions, ask children from Ferguson and and around the rest of the country to comment. Young children can be painfully candid and perhaps from their unjaded thoughts and feelings, we can all gain some insight.

    August 24, 2014 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  15. George T Hibs

    Typical response for this person. No third Obama term. We are sick of this administration and flaming liberals already. She probably left the bookstore quickly to scratch her drug resistant yeast infection.

    August 24, 2014 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  16. Jkk

    ...Sharpton gets laryngitis all the time: gang warfare, daily black on black killings, increased crime rates among blacks, Michael Brown robbing a store, idiots looting their own community in "protest", etc.

    How thankful he must be, every time a white cop shoots a black citizen. It gives him meaning in life.

    August 24, 2014 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  17. Brian

    How presumptuous and ridiculous that sharpton thinks the election goes through Ferguson. How can the "black leaders" spout such vitriol and racist garbage and not expect to be treated the same way a "white leader" gets threatened for far less? I'm tired of the black vs. white rhetoric and knee jerk bullcrap. If you can't agree to be American, just go somewhere else – black, white, yellow, or brown.

    August 24, 2014 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  18. imeanreally

    DNC instructions to Hillary.....Lift carpet. Sweep.

    August 24, 2014 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  19. Mason

    Not saying anything is the best thing she can do. let the Justice System work. Unlike King Obama who said, "If I had a son, he's look like Travon". Or Rev All who only Incites to riot! <----–

    August 24, 2014 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  20. nunYerDamnBizness

    C'mon Hills what line do you stand in? Don't stand "on the line" you are likely to be run down. I'm a progressive voting democrat so impress me by not being a politician who only uses silence even though its a perfectly good tool I just want to be sure you can find a voice when need be. signed an interested voter.

    August 24, 2014 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  21. Chris..E.Al

    I knew we was going to get by one sunday without a Clinton headline but my discernment is failing me today but im glad im not a dem and have to suffer daily with hard choices and dont have a clue about which way is up or down .

    August 24, 2014 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  22. Smitty

    Ignoring problems Hilly and the Obammy way.

    August 24, 2014 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    At this point , what difference does it make !

    August 24, 2014 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  24. Real Truth

    Good Because it is NOT RELEVANT.

    August 24, 2014 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  25. RFL

    Ms Clinton can't expect to be a popular nominee of the Left by ignoring questions like this.

    The militarization aspects of the police response to the protests is as important (or even more so) as the racial aspects of the shooting itself.

    August 24, 2014 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
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