Donald Trump accused Hillary Clinton on Tuesday of lying to a Harlem radio DJ about carrying hot sauce in her purse wherever she goes, a move that he said was calculated to curry favor with African-American voters.
‘It’s the same thing she always does,’ Trump said on the Fox News Channel. ‘She carries hot sauce like I carry hot sauce.’
‘It’s just – I don’t know, so phony, and so pandering and so terrible,’ he added.
Trump also threw an elbow on the morning of the New York presidential primary, saying Hillary isn’t a lock to win the Democratic contest in the state she once represented as a U.S. senator.
‘Frankly, I think Bernie [Sanders] probably has a decent chance to win,’ he said, before conceding that ‘it won’t matter’ because of ‘a crooked system’ that will arm Clinton with so-called ‘superdelegates’ to overwhelm any gains her Vermont rival might make in the popular vote.
Hillary appeared on the New York radio program ‘The Breakfast Club’ with hosts DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God on Friday. the trio broadcasts to a nearly entirely black audience from New York City’s Harlem neighborhood.
‘What’s something you always carry with you?’ Yee asked.
‘Hot sauce,’ Clinton shot back without skipping a beat.
Charlamagne pointed out that ‘Hot sauce in my bag, swag’ is a line in Beyonce’s racially charged song ‘Formation.’
‘Now, I just want you to know people are going to see this and say “Okay, she’s pandering to black people,” he said.
‘Okay, is it workin’?’ Clinton shot back, half-serious.
Clinton has attracted unwanted attention with recent questions about whether she takes unreasonable steps to appear sympathetic to the black voters whose support she will sorely need in order to be competitive in a November general election.
Ebony magazine editor-in-chief Kierna Mayo challenged her in February about ‘things like the Kwanzaa kinara that you posted on Twitter, or even “dabbing” on “The Ellen Show”.’
Mayo asked Clinton how she ensured that ‘the richness of the legacy and history is not lost and that you don’t take short cuts to black audiences that you think might work.’
‘Well, I certainly don’t intend to,’ Hillary responded.
Clinton has also been pilloried for affecting a southern black accent when she appears before African-American audiences to speak about police shootings and other racially charged topics.
The question of whether she actually carries hot sauce wherever she goes is difficult to pin down since presidential candidates seldom carry purses, briefcases or other bags on their persons. So-called ‘body men’ – personal assistants who look after their belongings on the road – usually do that.
But the Clinton campaign told Time magazine that the Democratic White House hopeful favors a brand of hot sauce called Ninja Squirrel, a Sriracha variant available exclusively at Whole Foods.
‘And we continue to carry chili flakes and jalapeños around,’ campaign spokesman Nick Merrill insisted.
Clinton first professed her love for spicy chiles in the 1990s. While she was first lady, she reportedly had a collection of over 100 hot sauces at the White House.
In 2008, she told ’60 Minutes’ that she’s been eating chiles since 1992 in order to stay healthy.
‘No seriously, hot sauce. I’ve been eating a lot of hot sauce. Raw peppers and hot sauce,’ she said then. ‘Because I think it keeps my immune system strong. I think hot sauce is good for you, in moderation.’
Time spoke with the Bernie Sanders campaign and asked whether Clinton’s Democratic rival shared his love of the spicy sauce.
‘His bold ideas are his hot sauce,’ responded spokesman Michael Briggs.