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. Anonymous

    No surprise here. This lady is completely inept with no quality of leadership whatsoever. She's more of a folk hero than anything else.

    August 24, 2014 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  2. Vivelvin

    Hillary is wise not to weigh in on the events in Ferguson. She knows an investigation is ongoing, a grand jury is looking at the evidence, that the Federal government is monitoring the situation, and there is no reason to make any comment. It is a case of, "damned if you do, damned if you don't." Whatever she thinks, half the population wouldn't like it and it would tend to polarize people even more than they are...we don't need any more polarizing in this country.

    Re Ferguson, we should all just keep our eye on the news as it comes out...reporters are on the scene and they are going to break out the news as it happens.

    August 24, 2014 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  3. Bob Elwood

    I don't blame her. Enough is enough

    August 24, 2014 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  4. Fred

    Definitely a candidate of substance. You know, the kind of substance that usually fills a toilet, right before you flush!

    August 24, 2014 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  5. gary

    Hillary in the white house would be a repeat of obama

    August 24, 2014 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  6. jonbme

    I wouldn't label Sharpton as a civil rights leader... more like a civil rights opportunist.

    August 24, 2014 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  7. Mr. Izz

    This is funny. Hillary is going to be forced to support the looters and vandals or she will be labeled a racist. She's getting smarter when it comes to not answering some of these questions. It is a major double edged sword. Obviously Brown was a criminal, and if Hillary promotes some sort of hashtag "Brown is innocent" idea, then she will definitely lose voters. If she speaks out on it though, she'll lose a large part of her base (the black community). Decisions decisions! Don't worry Hillary, it doesn't matter what you say, the media will protect you.

    August 24, 2014 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  8. Roy

    Why can't Hillary just go away for good never to be heard from again.

    August 24, 2014 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  9. Gary Williams

    What about all of the other nightly killings of blacks on blacks... Should she be required to respond to those as well?

    August 24, 2014 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  10. Deb Ed

    I'm not a Clinton supporter. At least she didn't fall into the "mainstream" media trap.

    August 24, 2014 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  11. Robert

    I would love to vote for a woman as president. But, unless Hillary starts to answer the hard questions she will lose support. People are looking for your opinion. There is no legitimate reason for you not to answer the Ferguson question unless you are simply trying to control your message. A candidate that is trying to control their message is a bit suspicious to many. So, Hillary come out of your shell. All else being equal I will vote for a woman. But they have to be presidential.

    August 24, 2014 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  12. Disgusted

    Frankly, Al, you aren't all that and you're every bit the bigot you accuse everyone else of being. No one 'has' to stop by your 'house' for any reason. Somehow, I get the impression that you'd grill anyone that's not black before letting them use your bathroom.

    August 24, 2014 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  13. Spgfid Tom

    How is Hillary's book selling? Number 100 on the Amazon best seller list last time I heard. Even Al Sharpton would have to agree, the last thing the nation needs is an Obama third term.

    August 24, 2014 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  14. texasyojimbo

    The Ferguson incident is one of those "3 a.m. phone calls" that Hillary warned us about.

    I can understand not wanting to get involved, but avoiding questions shows a lack of leadership. A simple statement expressing empathy for all involved would suffice.

    August 24, 2014 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  15. Jeff

    Politicians playing it "safe" – as usual. What's on your mind Hil?

    August 24, 2014 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  16. Dee

    Who cares, the woman has a real job ! The guy was a punk, oh and black. People get a life and move on

    August 24, 2014 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  17. John Rosen

    Hillary is your typical politician. Ride the fence and above all, do not get involved in controversy.

    August 24, 2014 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  18. J Anthony

    No Hilary for pres. She is too status quo and nowhere near the caliber of leader the country needs....until candidates start talking honestly about the usurious debt-trap cycle that is our monetary-system, none of them are worth a single vote.

    August 24, 2014 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  19. bailee lynn

    I feel that President Obama has also skirted around Ferguson. I was looking for him to go to Missouri and give a speech about "being patient" and letting the justice system gather all the information and try the case, if the Grand Jury decides the Policeman should be put on trial. I just do not feel that it is necessary for any ethnic community to let their anger get in the way of Justice. I can only imagine what the response will be if this Policeman walks free! As to Hillary Clinton, sooner or later she will have to answer questions about Ferguson if she runs for President, because I feel this tragedy is only going to fuel a fire that is going to be very difficult to put out.

    August 24, 2014 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  20. Ken

    Well done Hillary, already following the DNC playbook. Close your eyes, ignore the problem and walk away.

    August 24, 2014 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  21. Zeke

    Hillary does not want to get involved. She knows how bad the behavior of the so called demonstrators have negatively affected the public towards democrats. She will remain silent.

    August 24, 2014 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  22. Lou

    disappointed in her. she doesn't take a stand or a tough position and doesn't lead. i don't even really care about what her position is as long as it seems like she really thinks it and is willing to stand up and be accountable. she's far too defensive, and strategic and premeditated. i think the dem. nom. is about to be thrown up for grabs. not for a warren or dean but for a warner or kaine or someone similar. heck i think even biden should get a second look....

    August 24, 2014 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  23. theytookourjerbs

    I'd like to think that most people are smart enough to realize that not all cops are villains and that most are not angels either. I do find it hard to believe that an officer would be dumb enough to unload six rounds into a member of the community, that they are paid to protect in broad daylight without being provoked.

    August 24, 2014 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  24. lgbarn

    No way she answers a question that polarizes her base. That question is great for Republican candidate but suicide for a Democrat.

    August 24, 2014 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  25. Fed_up_2

    When you got a lock on the left, you try not to alienate the right that you still have a tenuous grasp on. A lot of disenfranchised repubs make up the win for her. Until the GOP can possibly get their act together, the majority lean her way, for now.

    August 24, 2014 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
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