- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A CNN panel agreed on Tuesday that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton may have harmed herself with minority voters due to her prolonged silence on the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, by police officer Darren Wilson. The 18-year-old was killed Aug. 9.

Moderator Ana Cabrera said it was “really interesting” how quiet Mrs. Clinton has been on this issue before playing a clip of her ignoring a question about the shooting at a recent book signing.

Panelist Marc Lamont Hill said it was “shameful” for her not to have talked about the issue. He added that the Clintons “have made so much of their political bones on the backs of black voters, getting black support, getting black love, identifying black causes. Hillary Clinton will go to Selma in 2008 and clap with black people and put on a fake Southern accent and pretend to identify with black struggle and black pain. But now that real black issues are on the table, now that real black struggle is in the public eye, she has said nothing,” the Washington Free Beacon reported Tuesday.

The panel’s conservative voice, Ben Ferguson, defended Mrs. Clinton to some extent, saying that while she may have hurt herself with minority voters, the decision is probably a “smart” decision in the long run.

“As someone who is a lawyer, she gets that there’s two sides to this, and you may not want to pick sides too early and get yourself in a corner — and get yourself in trouble.”

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