Hillary Clinton traveled to Swansea University in Wales over the weekend to be granted an honorary degree from the institution, but her visit was marred by an unhappy crowd who booed her arrival and shouted “fascist” at the former presidential candidate.
The incident occurred on Saturday, when Clinton emerged from a vehicle and began to make the short walk to the building. She waved and smiled at the onlookers, perhaps expecting a better reception, but when the booing began, she quickened her pace. Sirens could be heard in the background, with some speculating that they were set off to mask the jeers.
Later, Clinton appeared at a ceremony at Swansea University’s Bay Campus to accept the award, which was joined by an announcement that the school’s College of Law would be renamed the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law.
She then took the podium to blast Brexit, claiming that the decision of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union has “disadvantaged” children and caused “bullying” in schools.
“Teachers and schools are reporting an outbreak of bullying and racially motivated insults,” she said. “Here in the UK, divisive rhetoric and policy shifts are having their own effects… Right now, the residency rights of half a million children, including many who were born in the UK, are hanging in the balance. So there are reports of children being worried, feeling uncertain, even unsafe.”
The former first lady went on to implore people to be nicer to each other as the fate of the Eurozone hangs in the balance.
“What’s missing in both of our countries at the moment it seems to me – and what we need more than anything else – is empathy,” Clinton said.