Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonState cites 38 people for violations in Clinton email review Trump campaign to hold rallies in Mississippi, Kentucky Biden struggles to reverse fall MORE pushed blame onto New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for the racially tinged skit the two performed at an event last weekend.
"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," Clinton told Cosmopolitan in an interview published Tuesday when asked if she thought the joke was "inappropriate."
In a skit at an annual New York City press dinner performed by Clinton and de Blasio, Clinton thanked de Blasio for his endorsement, but added: "Took you long enough."
"Sorry, Hillary, I was running on C.P. time," de Blasio responded.
"C.P. time" commonly means "colored people time," a term used as a stereotypical excuse for African-Americans running late.
"Hamilton" star Leslie Odom Jr. responded: "I don't like jokes like that."
Then Clinton delivered the punchline: "Cautious politican time."
The two politicians came under fire for the skit, which followed a controversy over former president Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonHouse Democrats risk overriding fairness factor on impeachment Senate GOP braces for impeachment trial 'roller coaster' What did the Founders most fear about impeachment? MORE's defense of his wife's "superpredator" remark and an argument with Black Lives Matter protesters.
De Blasio told CNN on Monday that the skit was "clearly staged."
"It was a scripted show. The whole idea was to do the counterintuitive by saying 'cautious politician time.' Every actor thought it was a joke on a different convention. That was the whole idea. I think people are missing the point here," he said.
His office also released a statement later saying that the skit was only meant to poke fun at the mayor himself, according to NBC News.
"In an evening of satire, the only person this was meant to mock was the mayor himself, period. Certainly no one intended to offend anyone," the statement said.
President Obama's top spokesman Josh Earnest on Tuesday defended de Blasio and Clinton, saying the two have "demonstrated a genuine commitment to the pursuit of equality and justice and civil rights." But he said he had not himself heard the joke.
“I can’t speak to any misguided attempts at humor,” he said. “I can only speak to their commitment they have shown over the course of their career to justice and civil rights."