Former President Bill Clinton encountered a group of Black Lives Matter protesters while campaigning for his wife, Hillary Clinton, in Philadelphia on Thursday.

While Mrs. Clinton has been trying to wrap up the Black vote, appearing at Black Girls Rock! and meeting with the mothers of victims of police violence, her husband’s recent comments about protesters and his controversial 1994 crime bill, which many argue accelerated the mass incarceration of people of color, may have just set her efforts back.

During the campaign event, former president Clinton sparred with protesters for nearly 15 minutes, who accused the former Secretary of State of being a murdered and war criminal. They also accused the former president of destroying the Black community with the passage of the 1994 crime bill.

Clinton initially welcomed the disruption from demonstrators, telling the crowd, “I like protesters.” But things quickly went downhill when he added, “But the ones who won’t let you answer don’t want to hear the truth.”

Clinton went on to defend the crime bill by reminding the crowd it had a lot of support from the Black community because of the high crime rate during the 1990s.

“I talked to a lot of African-American groups — they thought Black lives mattered. They said, ‘Take this bill, because our kids are being shot in the street by gangs. We have 13-year-old kids planning their own funerals,'” Clinton explained.

Slate writer Jamelle Bouie also added some context about the climate during the 1990s.

When asked about Hillary Clinton’s 1996 “super predator” comment about out of control teens, a frustrated Clinton defended his wife.

“I don’t know how you would describe the gang leaders who got 13-year-olds hopped up on crack and sent them out in the streets to murder other African-American children,” he said. “Maybe you thought they were good citizens, [Hillary] didn’t. …You are defending the people who kill the lives you say matter.”

Clinton then went on to talk about “another place where Black lives mattered….Africa.”

While many have praised Clinton’s political acumen, his clash with protesters in Philadelphia will not help Hillary Clinton reach African American voters, who she desperately needs to win the nomination.

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