Posts by Jake Tapper

  • President Clinton Hopes Trayvon Martin Case Leads to Reappraisal of 'Stand Your Ground' Laws

    Jake Tapper at ABC News Blogs2 yrs ago

    "There are different stories being told," the former president said, "so the first thing I have to say is that it's important to find out the facts."

    Clinton continued "but to me, beyond the incredible personal tragedy- this young man was not armed, he clearly presented no threat to anybody's life - is, the most important thing I've read was from the former police chief in Florida in the community, he was one of many law enforcement officers testifying against that Stand Your Ground law. And he said, you know this is going to create all kinds of problems. And it's going to be almost impossible to prove what was in someone's mind when a certain thing happened."

    Clinton said "people have always had a right to have a handgun in their home- to protect their homes- then we've seen this breathtaking expansion of the concealed weapons laws in America moving from the late 90's into this decade, far - if you will - to the extreme that America had ever been on these.

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  • Secretary Clinton on Near-Naked Man Photo Op: ‘I Think He Was Late for a Luau’

    Jake Tapper at ABC News Blogs2 yrs ago

    Clinton laughed and told the assembled photographers, “That was great! I hope you all captured that!”

    Asked what was going through her head, Clinton erupted in laughter.

    “I thought it was hilarious!” she said. “I mean, it, it happened so quickly and when I turned my head I just saw this, you know, very, you know, big man with a, holding a torch with a blue loin cloth running by. I think he was late for his role at the luau. I think that’s what it was. But it was a moment of levity in a very serious set of moments.”

    TAPPER: Lastly, on a lighter note. If you’ll permit me. What was going through your head the other day when that gentleman

    CLINTON:  — (Laughter)—

    TAPPER: — Without any clothes showed up in that photograph?

    CLINTON: (Laughter) I thought it was hilarious! I mean, it, it happened so quickly and when I turned my head I just saw this, you know, very, you know, big man with a, holding a torch with a blue loin cloth running by. I think he was late for his role at the luau. I think that’s what it was. But it was a moment of levity in a very serious set of moments.

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