Hillary Clinton’s Plan for Friday ‘Black Lives Matter’ Speeches Upended By Dallas Police Massacre
Presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was planning to spend all day Friday exploiting the recent police shootings of Black men at an event with Vice President Joe Biden in Scranton, Pennsylvania and in a keynote speech at the Black AME church bicentennial dinner Friday night in Philadelphia.
Clinton cancelled the Scranton speech early Friday following the massacre of Dallas police officers. Clinton still plans to speak at the AME conference.
From ABC News at 5:00 a.m. EDT:
Hillary Clinton today will deliver remarks about the police-involved deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile while campaigning alongside Vice President Joe Biden in his hometown of Scranton, Penn., as well as during an appearance at the African-Methodist Episcopal Convention in Philadelphia, according to a campaign aide.
Although this is the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee’s first time campaigning with the vice president, the event will now reflect the shootings of the two black men in Louisiana and Minnesota that have resulted in protests throughout the country.”
…During both of her campaign events today, Clinton, an aide said, will “renew her calls to ensure justice is served and will reemphasize the urgent need to reform our broken criminal justice system.””
“Mrs. Clinton will be in Pennsylvania, with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., at events that will touch on the police-related deaths of Alton B. Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota, as protests raged in Chicago and New York.
Mrs. Clinton, who is seeking to reassemble President Obama’s winning coalition amid the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, has made criminal justice overhaul a hallmark of her campaign.”
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) July 8, 2016
Clinton was also scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Friday night as the keynote speaker at the African Methodist Episcopal Church’s Bicentennial Conference, which marks the AME church’s 1816 founding in Philadelphia.
Clinton was scheduled to speak at the AME event on the recent police shootings of Black men.
“Hillary Clinton’s speech in Philadelphia on Friday could be a big one.
In her keynote talk this evening at the African Methodist Episcopal Church’s conference, Clinton plans to address the recent police shootings of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota. On Thursday, her campaign said she would “renew her calls to ensure justice is served” and “reemphasize the urgent need to reform our broken criminal justice system.”
The news of Clinton’s rally, and her planned comments, came before the apparent targeted killing of police officers in Dallas late Thursday night during a Black Lives Matter march. If she goes forward with her speech as scheduled, Clinton will undoubtedly address the shootings in Dallas during it as well.”
The AP reported on Clinton’s revised plans for Friday:
“Clinton said she mourned the officers killed “while doing their sacred duty to protect peaceful protesters.” The presumptive Democratic nominee postponed a rally in Pennsylvania with Vice President Joe Biden, but still planned to travel to Philadelphia for a scheduled appearance at the African Methodist Episcopal Convention.
Clinton aides said she was expected to address the shootings during her remarks.”
Clinton has been campaigning with a group of Black women who call themselves’ Mothers of the Movement’ this year. The women are mothers of Black men and women who died during interactions with law enforcement.