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. Sue Pearlative

    This is very revealing. It shows that Hillary is not going to be transparent on everything. But it also reflects that fact that we're too polarized over this issue – otherwise she would just answer the question. As it is she's afraid to, for fear of angering somebody. For my part, I think the police need to be reined in. They are too quick to take human life – whether it's white or black. A more human policy is needed. Hunters shoot a stream of pepper spray at an attacking bear so that it runs into the stream of spray. Why can't the same approach be used a lot of the time when there is someone who is threatening? A lot of people can be taken down with a net thrown over them by several cops, or by pepper spray. Too many people are being killed when it's not necessary.

    August 25, 2014 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  2. James

    Smart woman. Get all the established documented facts and the take a position. What an strange idea process.

    August 25, 2014 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  3. dawn Caren

    I think maybe she didn't respond because it would not have been in line with Holder and Obama – and she didn't want death threats... just a thought.

    August 25, 2014 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  4. Backtalker

    What do you expect? Seems she is smarter than most politicians, kept her mouth shut. While she has more balls than Bill I do not believe that she is presidential material. Too many ghosts in her closet.

    August 25, 2014 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  5. Travis

    Typical politician... don't take a stance based on conviction. That might too costly though the right thing to do. Wait until the right moment and opportunity... then double-talk like hell while demonizing the opponent. But never, never speak based on conviction until you know what the political weather is.

    Beside, she's probably trying to deal with the reality that black constituents are so pissed at Obama and the Democratic party that she's not sure how to approach it.

    August 25, 2014 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  6. Richard

    Of course she wont answer, there is no good answer if you want voters. She is just playing for votes so people cant say, well you said ............

    August 25, 2014 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  7. allanhowls

    As a Democrat, I'm not thrilled with Clinton running. She's proven herself to be pretty hawkish in foreign affairs, and as a counsel for Monsanto, she's made it clear that she's going to be hands-off on GMO questions and the decimation of the bee population via Monsanto genetic warfare pesticides.

    August 25, 2014 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  8. Enough

    She is a fraud just like the guy in the White House. The Democrats have claimed to be the party of the Blacks in America and the majority are no better off now then back in the 40's. What have they done for you other then to pay lip service and take your votes. And, specificly what has this Black Presient done for you?

    August 25, 2014 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  9. Anonymous

    She hasn't practiced her ebonic accent lately.

    August 25, 2014 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  10. kamarasune

    "Clinton ignores questions on Ferguson"

    A leader don't dodge the hard questions.

    August 25, 2014 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  11. Ddtgwt

    Perhaps she, unlike Obama and Holder, is waiting for the facts,. It is shameful that Al Sharpton, a race baiting charlatan is welcomed into the Obama White House more often than many of our elected officials. Eric Holder is photographed multiple times hugging this racist. Oh wait maybe this means that our attorney General and our POTUS are both now openly race baiting and perhaps Hilary is finally going to say enough is enough and walk away from his policies.

    August 25, 2014 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  12. PrezLBJ

    Has Obama issued a statement?

    August 25, 2014 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  13. jovan bregu

    Good for her. She is smart.

    August 25, 2014 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  14. zoey27

    I would think a fair-minded person would wait for the report from the grand jury where all the evidence is being presented.

    August 25, 2014 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  15. Brian Smith

    A world leader always has to take a page from Netanyahu – and simply not verbally respond to questions, but reply with deadly disproportionate force and assassinate people you don't like.

    August 25, 2014 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  16. Agalag

    So, we are supposed to go from Barack Obama, our racist POTUS to Hillary (Billary) Clinton who has no opinion on the matter. Michelle and Barry have succeeded in stirring the racist pot, and will retire shortly to a lovely home in California. What's wrong, Obamas? Don't you want to go back to Chicago? Wouldn't you like to see what Chicago has become during the last six years? They sure could use a community organizer...

    August 25, 2014 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  17. CGDoc

    Clinton knows when to keep her mouth shut!

    August 25, 2014 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  18. Don

    A vote for Hillary Clinton is a vote for more lunacy and remaining out of touch. Let's just give Johnny Jihad a key to our kid's school's while we're at it why don't we?

    August 25, 2014 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  19. John Hurd

    Everyone should rent "Bonfire of the Vanities." Tom Wolfe, the novelist, saw this coming 25 years ago. Michael Brown didn't just shoplift (where you usually swipe something when no one is looking.) No, Michael wanted the clerk to know, made sure he grabbed the smaller man to show him who was in charge. There had to be a lot of anger behind that. Misdirected anger at a store employee not making much, who did nothing to Brown. And what do the people of Ferguson do? They create all sorts of tributes to Michael. They're right, he didn't deserve to die. I think the cop should do lots of time. But it's time for Michael Brown's parents to think about what he was like. Did they even know? What else would have been capable of, with all that anger?

    August 25, 2014 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  20. Bobbo

    I cannot believe anyone would actually purchase her book!

    August 25, 2014 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  21. Brad

    Hillary is as phony as a $3 bill.

    August 25, 2014 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  22. Tom

    smart woman. She knows to wait for the full story and not just one side of the story. Everyone should take a lesson from her.

    August 25, 2014 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  23. yebed Nunny

    Republicans and Democrats are promoting the same stories across all major news networks (MSNBC, CNN, FOX, etc). There is no difference between the two parties.

    Is there a political alternative to fear, big government, surveillance, and war? What party will promote fear and big government the least in 2016?

    August 25, 2014 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  24. nik green

    Hillary Clinton used to be a centrist. Now she's turned into the oligarchs' rubber stamp.

    August 25, 2014 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  25. Richard

    She's a sleazy political opportunist. No wonder she ran.

    August 25, 2014 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
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