In an unconventional interview with 105.1’s New York-based radio morning show “The Breakfast Club,” Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton weighed in on everything from whether not she believes in ghosts to whether she’d ever campaign in a strip club.
However, her most revealing answer may have come when the show’s trio of hosts (DJ Envy, Charlamagne tha God and Angela Yee) asked what she always carries around. The answer would make any Beyoncé aficionado proud: hot sauce.
“I have been eating a lot of hot sauce – raw peppers and hot sauce,” Clinton said Monday. “I think it keeps my immune system strong. I really do. I think hot sauce is good for you in moderation.”
“People are gonna see this and say, ‘OK, she’s pandering to black people,’” Charlamagne teased, to which Clinton replied sarcastically, “OK, is it working?”
Speaking of the “Single Ladies” singer, Clinton is a fan. She told “The Breakfast Club” crew that she saw Beyoncé perform at a birthday ceremony for first lady Michelle Obama at the White House and was bowled over by the pop star’s “stamina, endurance, coordination.”
Among the other highlights of the interview was when the former secretary of state recounted her prolonged courtship with former President Bill Clinton (“Well, let me think about it” was her initial response to his marriage proposal), her position on revealing government information on UFOs (“I want to open the files as much as we can … because I’m interested”), and whether her predilection for pantsuits may have inspired the fashion of comedian Steve Harvey (“I think Steve looks pretty sharp,” Clinton offered).
But the interview with not without substance, as the hosts probed Clinton on why the African-American community should embrace her agenda over her opponent Sen. Bernie Sanders’, who she said in the sit-down is “over promising.” Her pledge to “build on the progress we’ve gotten under President Obama” is not a new one, but the language she used to describe her concerns about her potential GOP rival Donald Trump was blunter and unfiltered.
“He’s setting people against each other – he’s inciting violence,” she said, while describing his position on other nations acquiring nuclear weapons “one of the most irresponsible, reckless, dangerous things ever to come out of the mouth of a guy running for president.”
When pressed about her and husband’s past cordial relationship with the real estate mogul – they both attended his third wedding, and the former president has occasionally golfed with him – Clinton said, “It’s been a surprise to a lot of people who knew him … this prejudice, this paranoia, this bigotry – that I had not seen before.”
“We can’t let that stand,” she added. “You don’t let the cancer grow bigger and bigger and bigger, and then all of a sudden, we wake up and we say, ‘What the heck has happened to our country?’”
Additionally, Clinton reiterated her past apology for using the term “super-predator” while promoting her husband’s controversial 1994 crime bill and admitted that her dancing during an appearance on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show earlier this year left much to be desired.
“I am trying too hard,” she conceded about her performance. “I forget millions of people are watching.”
Had she not participated in the dance, Clinton said people would have said, “She doesn’t have any personality, she doesn’t have any sense of fun.”
After watching her interview with “The Breakfast Club,” it might be hard for her critics to continue making that argument.