When it comes to the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed teen who was fatally shot by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson, Hillary Clinton doesn’t have a word to say.
Some in the media are giving the presumptive Democratic 2016 presidential frontrunner a pass for staying silent on Ferguson. “To be clear, I’m not saying Clinton shouldn’t weigh in if she has something to say. By all means, she should. But we also shouldn’t act as though we’ve been deprived of something vital if she doesn’t,” wrote criminal justice professor Paul Waldman, in the Washington Post.
Others, however, aren’t willing to give Hillary the same leeway.
Liberal blowhard Al Sharpton unloaded on Hillary for not commenting on Ferguson. “This is now a national, central issue, and anyone running for president needs to come up with a formula, or, in my opinion, they forfeit their right to be taken seriously,” Sharpton said. “I’m amazed that we’re not hearing from leading candidates … Chris Christie or Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton.”
But perhaps Hillary’s harshest critic to date comes, surprisingly, from liberal MSNBC host Krystal Ball.
“I think it is cowardice, if you want to be a leader in this country, if you want to be the leader of the Democratic Party not to say anything,” Ball said today on “The Cycle.” “I didn’t think what Rand Paul said was counterproductive,” Ball said about Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul’s impassioned article on Ferguson and America’s police.
“I thought it was courageous,” she added.
Echoing her crackpot colleague Chris Matthews, who said the racial unrest in Ferguson might benefit Democrats and “might have political implications this coming November,” Ball said “I find it sad that no national Democrat is up to the task here, and I think it goes to the fact here that Democrats are by and large taking the black vote for granted.”
Hillary also dodged a reporter’s question on the shooting death of Michael Brown at a recent book signing.
Sure, it’s absolutely fair to say that Hillary speaking on Ferguson, at this point, will add nothing useful to the conversation or the ongoing investigation. But the fact that Hillary hasn’t found a way to weasel her way into the Ferguson news narrative, is surprising.
One might even say that Hillary’s silence is almost as surprising as Krystal Ball’s rare moment of journalistic integrity.
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