‘I don’t want to go around insulting people, painting people with a broad brush…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Hillary Clinton joked that it’s hard to tell Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and former Attorney General Eric Holder—two African American men—apart, saying “they all look alike.”
The comments were made during an interview with Recode’s Kara Swisher last week.
“What do you think of Cory Booker saying, ‘Kick them in the shins’?” Swisher asked Clinton.
“That was Eric Holder,” Clinton responded. “I know, they all look alike,” she said to laughter from the audience.
“No they don’t,” Swisher said.
Swisher was referring to Holder’s recent comment that when Republicans “go low,” Democrats “should kick them.”
Holder faced heavy criticism for the comment, which he defended as a metaphor.
But members of the GOP, including shooting victim Steve Scalise, R-La., countered that the rhetoric was helping stoke violence.
“He better be careful what he’s wishing for,” President Donald Trump said during an interview with Fox News. “That’s a disgusting comment to make.”
Holder responded and said Republicans needed to “stop the fake outrage.”
Clinton likewise raised eyebrows recently with a remark that incivility on the Left could stop after it regains political power.
Despite cracking a race joke, Clinton defended political correctness during the Recode interview. “What’s often called political correctness is politeness,” she said.
“It’s respecting the diversity that we have in our society,” she said. “The Democratic Party is a much more diverse political party, attracting people who are African-American, Latino, LGBT … And I don’t think it’s politically correct to say we value that.”
Clinton said that, unlike the GOP, the Democratic Party values and respects all kinds of people.
“I don’t want to go around insulting people, painting people with a broad brush,” she said, minutes after suggesting all African-American people look the same. “That’s childish.”