Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton said the entire country suffers from implicit bias during the first presidential debate with GOP nominee Donald Trump.
During the debate on policing, the right policy measures to implement in order to reduce crime and how to improve race relations in the country, Clinton said the entire country — not just the police — suffers from implicit racial bias.
“Lester, I think implicit bias is a problem for everyone, not just police,” Clinton said, in response to the question: “Do you believe that police are implicitly biased against black people?”
“I think, unfortunately, too many of us in our great country jump to conclusions about each other, and therefore, I think we need all of us to be asking hard questions about, ‘why am I feeling this way?'” she added.
Clinton’s comment follows a trend of painting Americans with a broad brush. It is unclear whether her off-the-cuff comment about Americans suffering from implicit racial bias will gain the same negative traction that her comment on Trump supporters as “deplorables” certainly did.
In early September, Clinton said that half of Trump’s supporters are “deplorables,” who are racist or sexist or homophobic or Islamophobic. Clinton has since expressed regret for making that comment.
“Last night I was ‘grossly generalistic,’ and that’s never a good idea. I regret saying ‘half’ — that was wrong,” Clinton said.
Nearly two-thirds of Americans have called her attacks “unfair.” Additionally, 47 percent of Democrats also said the description of Trump supporters was unfair.
Republicans have referred to her remarks as her “47 percent,” a reference to the infamous electoral blunder that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney made during the 2012 campaign, when he said that nearly half of the country are clients of the Democratic Party because they rely on government handouts.
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