The Reagans' Legacy On HIV/AIDS Is Not As Rosy As Clinton Remembered
The Reagan White House's response to the epidemic has been widely criticized as homophobic and coming way too late.By Eugene Daniels | March 11, 2016
"Because of both President and Mrs. Reagan, in particular Mrs. Reagan, we started a national conversation," presidential candidate and former first lady Hillary Clinton said Friday.
Before former first lady Nancy Reagan was buried Friday, Hillary Clinton praised the Reagans for their "low-key advocacy" during the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. But it seems like Clinton is in the minority.
After she made the comment, social media blew up with people confused, angry and offended by it. And the Internet outrage seems well-placed because the Reagans have a very, let's call it complicated, legacy with HIV/AIDS.