April 14, 2016 – Presumptive-ish Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton has sparked a fresh round of controversy after appearing at a media event with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Taking the stage with Clinton and a cast member of the hip hop-inspired Broadway hit, Hamilton, de Blasio joked that his public endorsement of Clinton’s presidential campaign was late in coming because he was on “CP time.”Clinton offered, “Cautious Politician Time” by way of explanation to groans and polite laughter from the audience of the Inner Circle dinner last Saturday (in reality it’s slang for: colored people time).Traditional and social media outlets quickly weighed in on the incident citing Clinton’s racial tone-deafness. The Daily Show host Trevor Noah helpfully provided the joke some context for his audience:
“You see, the joke is Bill de Blasio saying he’s late like black people always are and Hillary is saying she doesn’t want to be president.”
Clinton wasted no time throwing her latest endorser under the first downtown bus available, deflecting in an interview given to Cosmopolitan magazine:
“Well, look, it was Mayor de Blasio’s skit. He has addressed it, and I will really defer to him because it is something that he’s already talked about.”
Hillary Clinton and Bill de Blasio made a racist joke together.
How much information do you need to prove she ain’t here for us?
The off color remark comes as Clinton’s own problematic use of the racially charged term, “super predators” is being criticized. Add to that the realization that the “tough on crime” policies of her husband’s administration did terrible damage to America’s communities of color.
Mayor de Blasio defended the joke in a CNN interview accusing critics of “missing the point.” A de Blasio spokesperson later said in a statement:
“Let’s be clear, in an evening of satire, the only person this was meant to mock was the mayor himself.”
One thing is certainly clear, with Twitter seeing red over the incident and increasing numbers of young voters putting their green behind Bernie Saunders the fallout from de Blasio’s endorsement fiasco may have Clinton seeing the wrong shade of blue come November.