Mitt Romney charged Hillary Clinton with politicizing tragedy after she made comments on mass incarceration following Baltimore’s riots.
“Without the mass incarceration that we currently practice, millions fewer people would be living in poverty,” Clinton said at a speech last week.
She told the crowd at Columbia University, “There is something wrong when more than one out of every three young black men in Baltimore cannot find job. There is something wrong when trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve breaks down as far as it has in many of our communities. We have allowed our criminal justice system to get out of balance, and these recent tragedies should galvanize us to come together as a nation to find our balance again.”
Romney took issue with Clinton’s remarks. He told Brian Kilmeade, “We don’t have mass incarcerations in America […] are we not gonna lock people up who commit crimes?”
The former presidential candidate called Clinton’s comments “very inappropriate.”
“I think it was political in nature to try and get more support in the African-American community, and I think it was a big mistake on her part and simply wrong,” Romney said.
Watch the video above to hear Romney weigh in on Baltimore and the 2016 presidential race.