Imagine Donald Trump or Ted Cruz making a little joke about “CP Time,” commonly used to refer to “colored people time” — a crack at the stereotype that black people often run late. It would be ALL OVER the news, 24/7, with calls from Democrats for the candidates to resign.
Now, imagine the leading Democrat candidate for president and ultra-liberal mayor of New York City make that same quip. In fact, no need to imagine it; you can watch it here.Surely, Hillary Clinton and Bill de Blasio must be the target of extreme backlash from all sides — especially the ultra-sensitive, politically correct left — right?
Of. Course. Not.
In fact, the White House today actually came out in DEFENSE of this pair and their sad attempt at humor.Via The Hill:
President Obama’s top spokesman on Tuesday defended the civil rights record of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who have come under fire for making a racially tinged joke at an event last week.
“Mayor de Blasio and Secretary Clinton have, over the course of their careers, demonstrated a genuine commitment to the pursuit of equality and justice and civil rights,” press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.Naturally, Earnest claimed he hadn’t heard the joke himself.
The incident occurred during a skit de Blasio performed with Clinton and “Hamilton” actor Leslie Odom Jr. during a dinner with reporters and politicians in New York over the weekend.
Clinton bemoaned how long it took for de Blasio to endorse her presidential campaign.
“I just have to say, thanks for the endorsement, Bill. It took you long enough,” Clinton said.
“Sorry Hillary, I was running on C.P. time,” de Blasio said, using a term that commonly refers to “colored people time,” a quip at the stereotype that black people often run late.
Odom, seemingly in on the skit, responded: “I don’t like jokes like that, Bill.”
“Cautious politician time,” Clinton chimed in. “I’ve been there.”
To be clear, I personally (Michelle Jesse) think far too much is made of a single, isolated errant slip (as distinguished from an ongoing pattern) by a politician or celebrity. In many cases, an apology or clarification should be enough to put the issue to rest.
Of course, we know that’s typically not the case when the offender is a conservative or someone who otherwise doesn’t fit liberals’ image (Paula Dean comes to mind).
And, of course, when it comes to liberals, what’s good for the goose is not good for the gander. So as stunning as it is, it’s really no surprise that the left is not just sitting out the criticism on this one — it’s actually defending it.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]