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April 11, 2016

Hillary Clinton backs husband's remarks in heated exchange with Philly protesters

Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday defended her husband's remarks made during a heated exchange with protesters from Philly-based Coalition for REAL [Racial, Economic and Legal] Justice last week in Philadelphia.

The Coalition for REAL Justice is an affiliate of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Former president Bill Clinton was campaigning on Hillary's behalf Thursday at Dorothy Emanuel Recreation Center in the Mount Airy section of the city when protesters interrupted, holding up a sign reading "Black Youth Are Not Super Predators."

Mr. Clinton quickly engaged the protesters with an agitated tone to defend his actions as president and his wife's positions.

A day later, Bill "almost" apologized for the confrontation.

Mrs. Clinton was silent on the matter until an interview with CNN on Sunday when she supported her husband's efforts while pledging to fix the unintended consequences of his policies.

“If we’re going to talk about his eight years as president, we should talk about everything, and he said last summer to the NAACP that a lot of good things happened to try to lower crime, save lives, and all of that,” Mrs. Clinton said, according to the New York Times. “But clearly some things happened that were not foreseen and need to be now addressed, and I think that’s good leadership.”

The former First Lady will continue to use her husband at future campaign events.

Mrs. Clinton currently holds a 1,287-1,037 lead in pledged delegates over Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

The Pennsylvania Democratic primary is scheduled for April 26.