Clinton pins racially charged skit on NY City mayor's shoulders

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 2:59 PM

In the sketch at the city'south annual Inner Circle charity show, de Blasio said he took so long to endorse Clinton for president because he was running on "CP time", an obvious reference to the stereotype of African-Americans being late for appointments.

Clinton pins racially charged skit on NY City mayor's shoulders

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton distanced herself Tuesday from a racially charged comedy sketch she participated in with NY City Mayor Bill de Blasio over the weekend.

In the sketch at the city'south annual Inner Circle charity show, de Blasio said he took so long to endorse Clinton for president because he was running on "CP time", an obvious reference to the stereotype of African-Americans being late for appointments. Clinton then interjected: "Cautious politician time. I've been there."

"Well, look, it was Mayor de Blasio'south skit," she told Cosmopolitan. com. "He has addressed it, and I'll really defer to him because it's something that he'south already talked about."

Many of the NY politicians, power brokers and reporters in the room laughed at the joke. But as word of the sketch spread via social media, the coverage became scornful. The Daily News blared "Skit for Brains" on its Tuesday front page. And NY magazine made reference to the mayor'south black spouse, asking, "Does your wife, Chirlane (McCray), know about this joke?"

De Blasio, whose two multiracial children identify as black, downplayed the controversy.

"It was clearly a staged event," he told CNN on Monday. "I think people are lost the point here."

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Mayoral aides added that the skit wasn't meant to offend and pointed out that it was distant from the only risque joke during a night on which reporters keep on a indicate to roast politicians and then the mayor returns the favor.

At the White House, spokesman Josh Earnest deflected questions about the propriety of the joke, saying he hadn't seen it, but he praised Clinton and de Blasio for the "commitment that they've shown over the course of their career to justice and civil rights."

The flap comes at a destitute time for Clinton, who's enjoyed deep support from black voters during the previous primaries and is banking on their support again in New York'south April nineteen primary to ward off a challenge from VT Sen. Bernie Sanders. A loss for Clinton in her residence state could upend the Democratic race, though she'd still have a significant delegate lead.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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