Hillary Clinton Apologizes for Characterizing Nancy Reagan as AIDS Advocate

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Hillary Clinton has apologized for calling Nancy Reagan a “very effective, low-key advocate” on HIV and AIDS, after even longtime supporters pointed out that the White House in the 1980s was actually late to respond to the epidemic.

“While the Reagans were strong advocates for stem cell research and finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, I misspoke about their record on HIV and AIDS. For that, I’m sorry,” Clinton said in a statement.

Earlier in the day, Clinton, in Simi Valley, Calif., to attend Reagan’s funeral on Friday, gave an interview to Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC and cited the former first lady’s advocacy.

“It may be hard for your viewers to remember how difficult it was for people to talk about HIV/AIDS back in the 1980s,” she said. “And because of both President and Mrs. Reagan, in particular Mrs. Reagan, we started a national conversation, when before nobody would talk about it. Nobody wanted to do anything about it.

“And, you know, that too is something that I really appreciate with her very effective low-key advocacy, but it penetrated the public conscience and people began to say, hey, we have to do something about this too.”

This drew criticism on social media, including a tweet from Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, which has endorsed Clinton.

“While I respect her advocacy on issues like stem cell & Parkinson’s research, Nancy Reagan was, sadly, no hero in the fight against HIV/AIDS,” Griffin wrote.

President Ronald Reagan’s first major speech on AIDS was in 1987, well after the disease became an epidemic. Last year, Buzzfeed’s Chris Geidner published a story on Ronald and Nancy Reagan’s response in 1985 to the news that Rock Hudson, a friend from their Hollywood days, had AIDS and was being treated in France. When Hudson’s publicist Dale Olson sent a telegram to the White House, asking for assistance in having Hudson transferred to a different hospital, Nancy Reagan turned down the request, not wanting to show favoritism to friends.

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  1. Bill says:

    Such a very stupid and damaging mistake this was. Vote for Sanders! He and the youth of America can stop this authoritarian from entering the White House unless he gets an invitation from the President.

  2. Donna says:

    She is a condescending woman attempting to put others down which psychologically gives her a boost.

    • The Truth says:

      On the condescension scale, Hillary Clinton is orders of magnitude below Donald Trump, arguably the most condescending politician in modern memory. This does not excuse, however, the gross inaccuracy of Hillary’s remarks about Nancy Reagan. Gaffes of this nature don’t promote confidence in Hillary as presidential, but at least she apologized for her mistake. Even when confronted with indisputable facts and irrefutable evidence that he’s dead wrong, Trump just shrugs it off and continues to blithely deny reality. If it comes down to these two as candidates for our nation’s highest office, it will definitely be a lesser of two evils scenario.

  3. Phoebe says:

    Another act of Hillary pandering to gain possible votes from the “right” side of the aisle. I was young in those days and well remember it was almost 4 years in to the AIDS epidemic before Ronald Reagan even mentioned the word AIDS. Much was made of this fact by the media. How does Hillary not know or remember this? No wonder her honesty/trustworthy ratings are in the toilet. Go Bernie!!!

  4. Vino says:

    Perfect example of Hilly not knowing what she’s jibbering about.

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