Democratic political professionals worry that former President Bill Clinton is “out of control” and “destroying his wife’s campaign” after he reportedly slapped a heckler at a rally in Ohio and got into a shouting match with another.
Party insiders tell Capitol Hill Blue that the former President’s hair-trigger temper is surfacing more and more as he campaigns for his wife and his actions are “detrimental to the party and the Senator.”
“We’re looking at a man out of control,” says one Clinton adviser. “He won’t stay on message and too often seems like a madman on stage. He has to be stopped or removed from the campaign.”
Sources say an angry and abusive Clinton routinely chews out campaign staffers and even members of his Secret Service detail.
Reports The Associated Press:
A Barack Obama supporter claims former President Bill Clinton slapped his face after he repeatedly heckled him during a speech in Ohio.
Robert Holeman made the allegation after he chanted Obama’s name as Clinton campaigned for his wife at a rally in Canton yesterday.
As soon as Clinton finished speaking, the Canton native darted to the ropeline to give Clinton a piece of his mind.
“This is the last hurrah. After March 4, Hillary Clinton will be out of the race for good, and Obama will take the commanding lead,” he said.
“She should back him with her delegates immediately. That’s what Im asking them to do,” Holeman heckled.
Holeman told MSNBC news that Clinton was “irate” and jabbed his finger at him. “I think he even hit me in the face with his hand,” he said. “He did give me a little pop.”
Clinton could be seen pointing at Holeman, but it was unclear whether there was any physical contact.
In Steubenville, Clinton got angry at another hecker. Reports The National Journal:
A frustrated Bill Clinton angrily raised his voice in response to heckling from pro-life protestors at a rally (in Steubenville tonight.
When protestors first held up signs reading “Abortion Kills Children,” the former president responded calmly, outlining his wife’s past policies to help children and mothers. But when interrupted a second time by a more vocal heckler, Clinton shouted in response and stabbed his finger at the protestor.
“I gave you the answer. We disagree with you,” he said impatiently. “You wanna criminalize women and their doctors, and we disagree.”
“If you were really pro-life, you would want to put every doctor and every mother as an accessory to murder in prison,” he continued, as the crowd applauded its support. “And you won’t say you wanna do that because you know that you wouldn’t have a lick of political support.”
“This is not your rally,” he concluded, still agitated. “I heard you. That’s another thing you need is a president, somebody who will stick up for individual rights and not be pushed around, and she won’t.”