Article courtesy of The Hill, written by Jordan Fabian.
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.
Earnest said he had not 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.
"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.