How the Infamous Crime Bill May Have Come Back to Haunt Hillary Clinton

November 9th 2016

Danielle DeCourcey

The race in Florida between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump for the next U.S. president was closer than expected, and one significant reason could be the 1994 crime bill which was born out of former President Bill Clinton's administration. 

During his presidency, Clinton championed the "three strikes law" and created longer minimum sentences and new capital crimes. One tweet explains how the crime bill could have taken votes away from Hillary Clinton in Florida. About 23 percent of Florida's black voting age population is barred from voting because of felony convictions, according to the Miami Herald.  

Tweet about the crime bill and Florida voters.

During Clinton's 1996 election campaign, Hillary made some controversial statements about the type of people being incarcerated under the bill. 

“They are not just gangs of kids anymore,” she said. “They are often the kinds of kids that are called ‘super-predators.’ No conscience, no empathy. We can talk about why they ended up that way, but first we have to bring them to heel.”

During a Clinton campaign rally in April which took place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Bill got into a shouting match with Black Lives Matters protesters. They were allegedly angry about the 1994 crime bill and Hillary's former comments on it. 

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