Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton faced off against a persistent heckler who demanded she comment on President Biden’s “warmongering” Oval Office speech.Clinton spoke on a panel at Columbia University’s “Making Human Rights Come Alive: The UDHR at 75” event discussing the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Monday.During the discussion, a heckler demanded that Clinton denounce Biden’s speech Thursday in favor of funding military efforts in Israel and Ukraine as they both face ongoing wars.“Can you please make a statement about President Joe Biden’s speech? This is a clearly warmongering speech! President Joe Biden is calling for $100 billion of funding for Israel, Taiwan and Ukraine, and we’re supposed to just bundle these together and pretend like we’re going to rush to World War III, and we’re all just gonna let Hillary Rodham Clinton sit here and —” someone in the audience shouted said before Clinton interjected. “I’m sorry. You know, this is — this is not a way to have a conversation. You want to have a conversation, you are welcome to come talk to me afterwards,” Clinton said.“Ok, right, you’re going to wait for me, right? Please, I do not believe you,” the heckler continued. “I will wait for you, will listen to you and I will respond to you,” she told him.“Respectfully, I do not believe you. And the fact of the matter is that the American people’s voice is what needs to be heard, because… because our president is not speaking for the American people, and neither are you,” he responded.“Well, then sit down! We heard your opinion. Thank you very much,” Clinton attempted.The man continued to shout down Clinton, claiming that he was “going to exercise” his free speech rights.“But it’s not free speech when you’re disrupting everybody else’s opportunity to speech,” Clinton shot back.“It is. This is free speech! Everyone, this is free speech!” the man shouted as an official attempted to stop him. “That is not free speech. This is people constructing narratives that are openly hypocritical.”The heckler continued to demand that Clinton comment on Biden’s speech, further denouncing Biden’s speech as “openly warmongering, suicidal and idiotic.” The crowd was heard applauding as he left. Prior to his interruption, Clinton promoted “name and shame” efforts to call out countries guilty of human rights violations such as China putting Uyghur Muslims in concentration camps.“This is not something that goes unnoticed. They don’t want to be called out. They don’t want the truth to be disseminated. So that’s a very powerful tool for NGOs as well as international organizations,” Clinton said.
25 Ekim 2023 - 09:55
Hillary Clinton confronted by heckler over Biden’s ‘warmongering’ speech: ‘Sit down!’
During the discussion, a heckler demanded that Clinton denounce Biden’s speech Thursday in favor of funding military efforts in Israel and Ukraine as they both face ongoing wars.
25 Ekim 2023 - 09:55