Hillary Clinton’s deputy communications director Kristina Schake denied that the campaign was losing control of the message despite the fact Bill Clinton harshly criticized the Black Lives Matter movement.
In an interview with Kate Snow on MSNBC’s “The Place For Politics 2016” on Thursday, Schake said that the former president handled the protestors “really well.” (WATCH: Bill Clinton: Black Lives Matter Defends Black People Who Kill Other Black People)
During a campaign rally for his wife, the former president said, “This is what’s a matter: 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 to the street to murder other African American children. Maybe you should thought they were good citizens. [Hillary Clinton] didn’t. She didn’t. You are defending the people who killed the lives, you say matter.”
Snow asked if the Clinton campaign was “losing control of the message” and Schake replied, “No, I don’t think so at all.”
“Hillary is so proud to have her husband out there campaigning [for her], for her candidacy,” Shake said. Adding, “I have to say, protests happen a lot of times in these campaigns and you saw he handled it really well.”
Then in an attempt to spin meaning of one of the a signs a protester had that said, “The Crime Bill Destroyed Out Neighborhoods,” Schake said, “[B]oth the president and Hillary have spoken before about the unintended consequences that came out of that, and she has been a lifelong advocate for helping reform the criminal justice system and she has a plan do it for president. So this is an issue she cares deeply about it. And she’s the candidate who’s actually put forward a plan to improve the system.”