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. Debbie

    Yawn... This is all the racists at CNN can come up with, today, to beat up on Clinton. Of course she does not want to say the truth, that's what you're leading up to isn't it – this article is riddled with baited bs.

    It is not yet time for her and the many other white,that are waiting to do so, to turn to the camera and say "Mike Brown was a thug that was shot because he, punched a police officer, tried and failed to get his gun, resisted arrest, ran from the officer and then taunted the officer with threats – he is dead because of the choices he made, NOT because of the color of his skin"

    Ferguson Missouri does not need more black police officers to have a better police department. Ferguson Missouri having more black police officers would mean more black men and women got an education and have higher paying jobs. Racist groups that say Ferguson Missouri only has 3 black officers have yet to mention how many black officers apply to become officers for Ferguson Missouri

    The NAACP will soon be shut down. During the Ferguson Missouri riot they only exacerbated the situation by spreading lies and misinformation, intimidating towns people and inciting violence. The NAACP has become nothing but a tax exempt race hate group. Their end is near.

    The last thing I will say... Black people become grown ups at some point. They have to be responsible for themselves and the decisions they have made. Be they good, be they bad.

    Responsibility is a word I have not heard yet when I hear people talking about black people. The president (Obama), all the way down to the journalists on the ground, have said what needs to be done to get these people "out of these conditions", "get them away from the people that have oppressed them" .. etc

    A man of great responsibility once said.

    I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

    What would he say if saw goings on of today and tomorrow. Would Mr. King call your "civil rights leaders" leaders at all..?

    August 25, 2014 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  2. Doug

    I'm all for Hillary for prez, but this is troubling ! How can you be president if you can't make decisions ? Even when those decisions are very controversial !

    August 25, 2014 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  3. Marshall

    So sick of hearing about this brown guy. He is not the first and a white kid gets shop just as much as a black guy. I hate to say it but we are a country of biggits with nothing better to worry about then white or black. We don't have any thing better to worry about?

    August 25, 2014 03:28 am at 3:28 am |
  4. Joe biden

    I know Democrats who would vote Republican if she ran for office.

    August 25, 2014 04:21 am at 4:21 am |
  5. James V.

    Vile, vile woman. She needs to slink away form her crimes.

    August 25, 2014 04:26 am at 4:26 am |
  6. Larry

    need any more proof that she is NOT a leader?

    August 25, 2014 04:37 am at 4:37 am |
  7. TBONE

    A very out of touch person who is has nothing in common with the average person or anyway motivating me to vote for her just because of her gender. If its a woman people want, then the country is in trouble, we should be looking at the best qualified candidate or someone with common sense. Unfortunately, Hillary is there for the money, and power thanks in part to her powerhungry attention grabbing hubby. No more Bushes, Clintons please, we can do much better than that, were America.

    August 25, 2014 04:48 am at 4:48 am |
  8. GnatB

    For once she's doing something right. It isn't her place to further contaminate the potential jury pool by giving her views about a matter that none of us know the facts of yet, or to throw kerosene on a lit fire. If only certain other parties had that amount of intelligence.

    August 25, 2014 04:57 am at 4:57 am |
  9. Michael White

    So she avoids questions on the subject...sounds like another matter I know: Benghazi!

    August 25, 2014 05:45 am at 5:45 am |
  10. Mistro

    Is anyone surprised? She has to think about it and formulate her politically correct response instead of speaking from the heart – a sign of a fake politician.

    August 25, 2014 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  11. Marie MD

    Reporters are as annoying as the paparazzi. Good for Hillary. She was there for book signing not to campaign or answer political questions.
    When, if, she decided to run then she can be asked these questions.
    Anybody want to ask perry or christie why they have decided to spend as little time as possible in their states after being accused of wrongdoings? There are your stories.

    August 25, 2014 06:29 am at 6:29 am |

    I don't trust the woman, she hasn't forgotten that she was voted out by a black man.
    I could be the big pay back if she gets in. Wake up black people.

    August 25, 2014 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  13. Guy

    Not a fan of Hillary, but in this case it's inappropriate for her (or any government official) to comment before all the facts are in. What we need from everyone is less reaction and more consideration

    August 25, 2014 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  14. Anonymous

    Obama should take lessons from this gal! I can't stand her, but she's right to stay out of this one.

    August 25, 2014 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  15. davidenajero1

    Hillary Clinton she is not in power yet, so don't complicate the matter of Fargarson with her.

    August 25, 2014 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  16. Dave

    Now this might actually get me to vote for her.

    August 25, 2014 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  17. Gabbo

    What a hag she is – go away and leave us alone, CLINTONS !!

    August 25, 2014 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  18. dave

    Just tell her what you want to hear so she can repeat it back to you. Thats all she knows

    August 25, 2014 07:12 am at 7:12 am |

    Not surprized

    August 25, 2014 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  20. Ignignokt

    Eric "Trying to grow a chin" Holder and Al "My head is about to float away because it's so big" Sharpton need to quit trying to pimp their way into making this about law enforcement and instead concentrate on WHY people are confrontational and non compliant .

    August 25, 2014 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  21. Pathetic

    It's simple. She's a liberal that is in a corner defending criminals. No way would she make a comment. It would expose who she really is.

    August 25, 2014 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  22. wildone

    She could have said that Michael Brown's death was regrettable....for everyone directly or indirectly involved and let it go at that. That's how politicians react to "hot potato" questions.

    August 25, 2014 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  23. Phillp Bunn

    I'm sure the she didn't have a clue as to the relevance of Ferguson, and had she known she would have lied about it.

    August 25, 2014 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  24. Elmer Fudd

    Get used to Hillary dodging questions, that's her main tactic. God help us if she gets into office.

    August 25, 2014 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  25. trueb0b

    Calling Al Sharpton a "civil rights leader" is like calling Josef Stalin a "social facilitator".

    August 25, 2014 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
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