Hillary Clinton got her biggest applause of the night during Sunday’s Democratic presidential debate when she accused Republican Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder of not caring about poor African-Americans drinking contaminated water.
“I spent a lot of time last week being outraged by what’s happening in Flint, Mich., and I think every single American should be outraged,” Clinton said in her closing statement, bringing up an issue that had not been discussed all evening in Charleston, S.C.
“We’ve had a city in the United States of America, where the population, which is poor in many ways, and majority African-American, has been drinking and bathing in lead-contaminated water,” she said to growing cheers.
“And the governor of that state acted as though he didn’t really care. He had requests for help that he basically stonewalled.”
“I’ll tell you what,” Clinton said. “If the kids in a rich suburb of Detroit had been drinking contaminated water and being bathed in it, there would’ve been action.”
Clinton seemed to take credit for Snyder’s eventual response, saying that she sent her top campaign aide to talk to the mayor of Flint “to see what I could do to help.”
“And I issued a statement about what we needed to do. And then I went on a TV show and I said it was outrageous that the governor hadn’t acted, and within two hours he had.”
Clinton’s main rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Bernie Sanders, took her attack on Snyder further, saying he “demanded the resignation of the governor.”
“A man who acts that irresponsibly shouldn’t stay in power,” Sanders said to cheers.
Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore, a Flint native, tweeted:
Moore also gave Sanders credit:
Snyder tweeted in response to the attacks:
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