Hillary Clinton’s campaign says it’s backing away from controversial video of her using a racial slur
The Clinton campaign has said it is pulling the plug on a video that it said was insensitive to African Americans and used a racial epithet against a police officer.
The video was produced by the Des Moines chapter of the Black Lives Matter group and was widely viewed online.
Clinton, who has a history of making controversial remarks about African Americans, said she was sorry for the “offensive” video, which was produced and released by the group.
She told the Deseret News she had been told by the campaign that the video was “an example of how the campaign does not condone or support the use of racist language.”
The video, posted on Facebook last month, showed Clinton speaking to a gathering of Des Moines police officers in front of a police vehicle.
Clinton used the word “nigger” and said that she was going to have to “stop talking about it” when she ran for president.
“I’ve had to really think about what I’m going to say and how I’m saying it and it’s just hard, it’s hard for me to think about it right now,” Clinton said.
She also referenced the death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed African American, in Sanford, Florida, as an example of why she felt it was important to talk about racial issues.
“If I don’t speak about it, people will say, ‘What’s the point?
They don’t know anything,'” Clinton said on CNN.
The Des Moines Deseret newspaper reported that the campaign had reached out to the group’s director, Alisyn Cate, about the video.
She did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.
The group’s president, Matt McCune, told the Associated Press on Wednesday that the Deso video was the product of “poor judgement.”
“The video was meant to be humorous and it did not reflect the true feelings of many Des Moines residents, and we sincerely apologize for the hurt it caused,” he said.
It was intended to be a satirical piece and we are pleased to see that the response has been so positive.” “
This video was not created to incite violence.
It was intended to be a satirical piece and we are pleased to see that the response has been so positive.”
Clinton’s comments about Martin came just days after she apologized to Martin’s family and the Rev. Al Sharpton for using the phrase “hands up, don’t shoot.”
Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, said on Monday that she had apologized to the family of Trayvon after she used the racial slur during a town hall event in New Hampshire.
The Associated News reported that Clinton said the term “hands” was used in reference to Martin, a Florida teenager who was shot and killed in Sanford in 2012.
The incident led to protests around the country.
“When I use the word ‘hands’ in reference, I don�t mean it in a negative way,” Clinton told the crowd.
“It is used to indicate a threat and I have no intention of ever doing that again.”
The DesMoine paper reported that Cate told the AP that the incident was part of a “hostile environment” that was created by the media and Clinton’s own campaign.
The paper reported she said the incident came after a discussion with campaign staff.