Hillary tells black Minneapolis activist, 'Why don't you go run for something?' [VIDEO]


Hillary Clinton is dominating Bernie Sanders with black primary voters. That advantage is a large part of why she beat Sanders so soundly in states with large black populations on Super Tuesday.

But Clinton is also building a big advantage over her socialist opponent when it comes to super-awkward exchanges with black activists. 

The latest example comes from right here in Minneapolis, where Clinton campaigned on Super Tuesday. She hit up a coffee shop in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, and the former First Lady and Secretary of State was still standing there with a cup of joe in hand when a young black woman approached her and started a testy dialogue. 

This video from NBC News captures Clinton's initial response to the woman, Stacey Rosana, a Democratic organizer and Black Lives Matter activist. The Hill reports that Rosana started the conversation by asking about Clinton's use of the word "superpredator" during the 1990s. 

Rosana's confrontation recreated another uncomfortable moment for Clinton, who was met with the same line of criticism  during a recent South Carolina fundraiser. The difference was that the South Carolina exchange came at a Clinton campaign fundraiser, and the young woman there was quickly ushered away. This scene played out in public, at a coffee shop, and Clinton had no choice but to engage. 

In the clip, Clinton tells Rosana that she's met with "a lot of" representatives of the Somali community in Minneapolis, name-dropping Abdi Warsame, the first Somali-American city council member elected in America. 

Rosana responds with something that's not quite audible about Warsame, shaking her head as she says it. 

Clinton replies that she's "proud" of Warsame. When this still doesn't convince Rosana, Clinton offers some curt advice to the young activist.

"Why don't you go run for something, then?" she says. When Rosana says she's working for a Somali-American campaign — a reference to Ilhan Omar, who is challenging incumbent DFL Rep. Phyllis Kahn, of Minneapolis — Clinton says, "Well, good. Good luck to you." 

She then breaks into a classic big Hillary smile. 

Maybe the more appropriate expression was the slightly pained grin frozen on the face of Gov. Mark Dayton, who took in the moment from just off Clinton's left shoulder.