Trump Claims Biden Called Black Americans ‘Superpredators.’ That Was Hillary Clinton.
President Donald Trump attacked Democratic nominee Joe Biden at tonight’s debate for his role in passing tough-on-crime legislation and supposedly calling black Americans “superpredators” years ago.
“I’m letting people out of jail now,” Trump said to Biden. “You’ve treated the black community as bad as anyone in the country. You called them superpredators and you’ve called them worse than that.”
Trump has previously attacked Joe Biden for his role in crafting the 1994 crime bill, formally known as the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. It was Hillary Clinton, however, who infamously uttered the term “superpredators” back in 1996. (You can still find plenty of videos of floor speeches of then-Senator Biden railing against “predators” or generally demagoguing on the subject of violent crime.)
The rise of criminal justice reform as a major issue in politics has made the 1994 crime bill a liability for Biden, who has since apologized for his role in tough-on-crime legislation passed in the 1980s and ’90s by large bipartisan margins.
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