Hillary Clinton had an intense confrontation with a young African-American voter during a campaign stop in Minnesota on Tuesday as voters headed to the polls to cast their ballots in state’s Super Tuesday primary.
The Democratic presidential candidate was leaving Mapps Coffee & Tea in Minneapolis when an unidentified Somali-American asked Clinton about her now retracted 1996 speech, which characterized young black men as “super predators.”
The student also brought up the front-runner’s past support of a federal crime bill that resulted in harsher sentences for minority communities, and the lack of diversity among government officials.
In defending herself, the former secretary of state mentioned Abdi Warsame, the first Somali-American to serve on the Minneapolis City Council, according to The Hill.
However, when the young woman questioned his lack of authenticity, Clinton lost her patience.
“You know what, dear? You have a different opinion,” the former first lady fired back. “He is a Somali-American elected to the city council, and I am really proud of that.”
When the voter continued to challenge Clinton, the White House hopeful responded, “Well, why don’t you go run for something, then?” To which the woman replied she was working for a Somali-American, prompting the candidate to say, “Well, good.”
Just last week, a Black Lives Matter activist disrupted the Democratic front-runner’s fundraiser in South Carolina in a similar fashion to question the candidate’s past racial remarks.
Watch Hillary Clinton’s 1996 speech in the video below:
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