Wednesday 7 December 2016

Hillary Clinton doesn't watch Making A Murderer: Presidential candidate mistakes TV question for race question

Published 07/01/2016 | 10:35

US Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton arrives on stage to speak outlining economic vision at the New School in New Yor
US Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton arrives on stage to speak outlining economic vision at the New School in New Yor

Hillary Clinton has made her first major slip up at a campaign rally at Iowa town hall

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The Daily Caller reports that yesterday, at a town hall in Iowa, Hillary Clinton royally fumbled a question which was about the popular Netflix documentary 'Making A Murderer', mistaking it for a question about racism in the criminal justice system.

The question was around Clinton's thoughts on "fixing" the criminal justice system in the U.S and made reference to the case in the popular show. The question made no reference to race but did mention "railroading poor people" into jail. 

Clinton has attracted some criticism online after then appearing to assume the case mentioned involved a black suspect, rather than white Steven Avery from an all-white community.

Clinton could be excused for providing a stock answer considering the prevalence of the social justice campaign 'Black Lives Matter' in 2015, but fans of the documentary are not happy, especially as the question provided Hillary with an 'out' to admit she hadn't seen the show.

"I don't know if you are familiar with Making A Murderer... it is about a man and his nephew who are in prison for a murder even though there are serious questions around whether or not they were framed by local law enforcement".

"It raises a bigger question about our judicial system, where we seem to railroad poor people and uneducated people into prison".

"So I guess my question is what can we do to fix our broker judicial system in this country?".

Hillary's response:

"I think we do have a systemic problem in our criminal justice system. I believe we can get bipartisan support to address it. Because it is now very apparent we have a couple of big issues. One, it is true that there’s enough evidence to show that if you are an African American man, you are more likely to be arrested, charged, convicted, and incarcerated for doing the same thing as white man. There’s just a lot of evidence of that".

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