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    Former President Bill Clinton | Photo: Reuters

Published 7 April 2016

Bill Clinton told off Black Lives Matter protesters in New York while Hillary Clinton called off her spate with Sanders over qualifications.

At a rally in New York, former President Bill Clinton was stumping for his wife when Black Lives Matter protesters confronted him on his record concerning welfare reform and harsh criminal laws that disproportionately jail the African-American community.

"I don't know how you would characterize the gang leaders who got 13-year-old kids high ... and sent them out on the street, to murder other African-American children ... maybe you thought they were good citizens, (Hillary) didn't."

The former president went on to say that the BLM activists were "defending the people who kill the lives you say matter."




Meanwhile, Democratic presidential hopeful and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called for unity after tensions flared between herself and competitor Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

On Wednesday, Sanders told a crowd that Clinton had challenged his qualifications to be president.

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Sanders responded by saying "if Secretary Clinton thinks that just because I'm from the small state of Vermont that we're going to come to New York and come to Pennsylvania, and they're going to beat us up ... they can guess again because that's not the case ... This campaign will fight back," at a rally in Philadelphia.

The Vermont senator called into question aspects of Clinton's record, including her support for the Iraq War and trade agreements that have cost jobs in the U.S. Midwest.

"They're going to question my qualifications? I think I have a right to question theirs," Sanders told reporters Thursday.

After Sanders called out Clinton for past failings, she told reporters on Thursday that she wanted to focus on "what's really at stake in this election."

"We have Republicans whose values are so antithetical to what's right for New York or right for America, and I'm just going to keep doing what I've been doing," Clinton said to reporters before boarding the New York subway system.

For many people, Clinton continuing to do what she's been doing is a problem.

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