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De Blasio defends racial joke with Clinton

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday evening defended a racially tinged skit he performed with Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, saying many are “missing the point.”
 
“It was clearly a staged show. It was a scripted show and the whole idea was to do the counter-intuitive and say ‘cautious politician time,’ ” de Blasio told CNN’s “Out Front.”
 
{mosads}”Every actor involved, including Hillary Clinton and Leslie Odom Jr., thought it was a joke on a different convention, that was the whole idea. So I think people are missing the point here,” he added.
 
The incident took place at New York’s Inner Circle dinner Saturday with local politicians and reporters. Clinton and de Blasio were joined on stage by Leslie Odom Jr., one of the stars in the Broadway show “Hamilton.”
 
In the skit, Clinton complained about how long it took de Blasio to endorse her presidential campaign, saying: “I just have to say, thanks for the endorsement, Bill. It took you long enough.”
 
“Sorry Hillary, I was running on C.P. time,” de Blasio responded.
 
Odom, who is black, responded, “I don’t like jokes like that, Bill.”
 
“Cautious politician time,” Clinton interjected. “I’ve been there.”
 
The skit drew immediate backlash on social media.
 
As Raw Story explains that “CPT,” or “colored people time,” refers to “the stereotype that African Americans generally tell as a reason for being late to an event or a traditionally black event not beginning on time.”
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