The clip of Roland Martin, Host and Managing Editor of TV One’s NewsOne Now, teaching Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton how to “wobble” may have gone viral, but it’s the substantive issues that the veteran journalist tackled with the former Secretary of State that were the real show.
During the Town Hall in South Carolina, which was hosted by the South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus, Martin left no stone unturned.
From medical marijuana and diversity on the Supreme Court, to the dismal state of veteran affairs, Clinton was faced with her toughest scrutiny to date as she made her case for African American voters.
On The Supreme Court:
After requesting that the Black women in the audience stand up, Martin asked Clinton, “…will you put a Black woman on the Supreme Court?”
Clinton laughed and played to the room, before effortlessly dodging the question:
“Do we have any candidates here? Well, I would certainly consider people who have the energy, and the intellect, and the experience to be on the Supreme Court.”
Martin didn’t let her off that easy, adding, “We got a whole list, so it would be good to see a sista on the Supreme Court. I’m just sayin.'”
It sure would.
See the entire exchange below:
On Veteran Affairs:
Martin opined that the Secretary of the Department of Veteran Affairs should be a priority cabinet position, on par with Secretary of State and Attorney General.
To that end, he asked Clinton, “What is your commitment to ensuring that the Department of Veteran Affairs is the best federal agency and will you make that a fundamental priority if you are President of the United States?”
Clinton responded, “And the answer is yes…there are certainly systemic problems with the VA. And they need to be fixed and no one should tolerate them. It’s an outrage if anyone has been mistreated or left untreated by the VA.”
See what else Clinton had to say below:
Black Lives Matter And Criminal Justice Reform:
In the video clip below, Martin asked Sec. Clinton if she “fully understands” the sentiment expressed by those who have voiced their displeasure with the crime and welfare bills that were signed into law by her husband, President Bill Clinton.
Clinton told Martin, “I do understand the sense of frustration and disappointment and even outrage that young people like those that were in Atlanta last week feel because there’s a lot of things that need to be fixed and they’re impatient and they deserve to be impatient and they deserve to hear answers from people like me running for office — particularly president.”
Clinton went on to address the activist affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement that disrupted the unveiling of her criminal justice reform plan saying, “I wish they had listened because a lot of what we have talked about together are part of the proposals that I am making.”
See what else Clinton had to say about the Black Lives Matter Movement and criminal justice reform below:
Home Foreclosure Crisis And Black Wealth:
In the past seven years 53 percent of Black wealth was wiped out as a result of the home foreclosure crisis. According to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, it will take two generations for African Americans to recoup the wealth that was lost.
Martin asked Clinton if she would force the Federal Housing Administration to”write-down the principal of underwater home owners” and if she would push congress to modify the bankruptcy code to push for “cramdowns in bankruptcy so that people who have homes can maintain those homes and we not simply bailout banks and not bailout home owners.”
Clinton explained, she “advocated for that in ’07 and ’08.” She added, “I was very unhappy that we did not do enough to help people who were in their homes, save their homes.”
Clinton continued, “I will look for ways to try to number one, stop the damage so that we don’t lose more homes because people still haven’t recovered, but number two, we’ve got to get back into the home ownership business and a lot of financial institutions are reluctant to loan and they’re more reluctant to loan to African Americans and Latinos.”
See what else Clinton had to say about her plan to help struggling home owners remain in their homes in the video clip below.
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