Coming off her husband’s hard to watch exchange with Black Lives Matters protestors last week, you’d think Hillary Clinton would be extra sensitive to anything that could even potentially paint her as racist right now. Which makes her and Bill de Blasio’s ill-advised joke about “C.P. time” or “colored people time” at a dinner this week all the more bizarre.
The bit took place at the annual Inner Circle Dinner for New York City’s political elite. Responding to a clearly scripted joke from Clinton about his late endorsement, de Blasio responds, “Sorry Hillary, I was running on C.P. time.” Hamilton actor Leslie Odom Jr., who was also apparently part of the sketch, then butts in with“I don’t like jokes like that, Bill.”
Clinton then turns to Leslie and the audience to deliver a relatively flat punchline: “Cautious politician time.” The fact that she and her various aides—not to mention Bill de Blasio himself—all thought, yes, this is a good joke that will land well, is baffling.