Clinton: US must face ‘hard truths’ after Charleston shooting

Hillary Clinton

But campaign politics were overshadowed by the murder of nine people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Mrs Clinton campaigned in Charleston earlier and said she learned of the attack after she landed in Las Vegas.

As did President Barack Obama earlier, Mrs Clinton said the latest incident involving the killing of several people required a reckoning with the country’s history of gun violence.

“In order to make sense of it we have to be honest,” she said.
“We have to face hard truths about race, violence, guns and division.”

Dylann Roof
Dylann Roof

The Charleston shooting suspect, Dylann Roof, 21, was described as an apparent “disaffected white supremacist” by the Southern Poverty Law Centre. The Justice Department said it had started a hate crime investigation.

The prospect that race played a role in the shooting hung over Mrs Clinton’s remarks. Speaking of critics of immigrants, she said: “When I hear words of hatred and anger directed at any of our fellow human beings I ask myself, ’What is motivating that?’.”

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