The 2016 presidential election is on fire, with tempers as high as they have ever been since the campaigns began. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the Democratic front runner, but is in an unexpected tough battle with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Campaigning for the former First Lady on Thursday was her husband, former President Bill Clinton, who got into a heated exchange with Black Lives Matter protesters.

Bill vs Black Lives Matter

With the Pennsylvania primary scheduled for April 26, the former president was campaigning on behalf of his wife in the city of Brotherly Love.

As Clinton was giving his speech, he was interrupted by members of the Black Lives Matter movement who were angry at his stance on criminal justice reform and the welfare reform bill that was passed during his time in office. Brushing off the protesters at first, Clinton pointed out that he liked them, but said the "ones who won’t let you answer are afraid of the truth." As the protest continued to grow louder, Clinton became increasingly more angry and frustrated.

Defending his record, Clinton cited the welfare reform bill for a "25-year low in crime, a 33-year low in the murder rate," as well as the enforcement of background checks that led to nearly a 50-year low when it comes to gun deaths.

Clinton directed his comments at the protesters, asking, "How do you think those lives were, that mattered? Whose lives were saved, that mattered?”

After a protester shouted that Clinton should be hit up on charges of crime against humanity, the former commander in chief lost it. “I don’t know how you would characterize the gang leaders who got 13-year-old kids hopped up on crack and sent them out on the street to murder other African-American children,” Clinton fired back.

Continuing, Clinton pointed out the Black Lives Matter hypocrisy, stating, "You are defending the people who kill the people whose lives you say matter!” In closing, Clinton said the next president needs to be a truth teller who wasn't "intimidated" by the far left or far right who too often spread misinformation.

Primary status

With 1,280 delegates to her name, Hillary Clinton is on pace to become her party's nominee at the Democratic National Convention this July. While Sanders is only 250 delegates behind, 1,030, after a big win at the Wisconsin primary last Tuesday, there is a wide gap when it comes to Superdelegates. Currently, Clinton has an expected 469 Superdelegates on her side, compared to only 31 for Sanders. While the Superdelegates can always change before they make their vote official at the convention, the consensus is that the overwhelming majority will stick with Clinton. Regardless of who walks out the winner, both Clinton and Sanders are polling ahead of their GOP counterparts, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, and Donald Trump.

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