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Hillary Clinton And Bill de Blasio’s Racial Joke Didn’t Go Over Well

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Hillary Clinton And Bill de Blasio’s Racial Joke Didn’t Go Over Well

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Leslie Odom Jr Hillary Clinton Bill de Blasio stage joke

Sometimes politicians make dumb jokes.

Sometimes politicians make dumb racist jokes.

Sometimes politicians get called out on the cover of the New York Daily News for making dumb racist jokes.

This time it was Hillary Clinton and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

It’s a quick bit — and purely scripted, as de Blasio told CNN’s Erin Burnett.

Clinton made a joke about how long it took for de Blasio to endorse her. (He endorsed her back in October, but months earlier he was noncommittal.)

De Blasio then responded with a quick line; Leslie Odom Jr., a black performer who plays Aaron Burr in the Broadway phenomenon Hamilton, was in on the joke, which plays off of an old, stupid racial stereotype.

There was an added bit of irony, too: De Blasio is married to Chirlane McCray, an African-American woman.

Screengrab of Leslie Odom, Jr., from Hamilton, Hillary Clinton and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, trying to tell a joke. tomm2thumbs via YouTube

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  1. TZToronto April 12, 2016

    I’m not saying that all people are dumb, but some people definitely are. Want to lose the minority vote? Make a lame racist-ish joke. This reminds me of the story about Chief Justice Warren Burger who once went to a party where bagels were being served. He asked someone what these bready doughnuts were. If you’re going to run for President, make darn sure to avoid anything that might offend a large number of voters–even if your offensive ideas are sincere. LBJ wasn’t a big fan of black people, but he managed to rise above his prejudices, reluctantly, to get the 1964 Civil Rights Act passed. There were very sound political reasons for doing do so. Some common sense, and common decency, would be nice to see. There’s no reason to make a racist joke–ever.

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