New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday night that he remained "comfortable" with a racially charged joke he told over the weekend at a dinner featuring Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.
"Why not just apologize? Why not just say we shouldn't have done the joke?" MSNBC host Chris Hayes asked.
"It's a satire," de Blasio replied. "The entire show was a satire. I was mocking myself. I'm sorry, I just think — look, I take full responsibility. Someone else wrote the script, but I approved it. I just think sometimes there is a place for satire in this world."
"If you had to do it over again, would you do it?" Hayes pressed.
"I'm pretty comfortable with it," de Blasio said. "It was meant to be a joke on the way we speak. It was obviously not meant to offend anyone."
The controversial joke at Saturday night's Inner Circle Dinner in New York City came during a scripted moment with Clinton and Broadway musical star Leslie Odom Jr.
“Thanks for the endorsement, Bill. Took you long enough,” Clinton joked.
“Sorry, Hillary. I was running on C.P. time,” de Blasio quipped, an apparent reference to the “Colored People Time” stereotype.
“That’s not — I don’t like jokes like that, Bill,” Odom said.
According to the New York Times, the joke left audience members cringing. Individuals also went after Clinton and de Blasio on social media.
Since the joke, de Blasio has said repeatedly he did not intend to offend anyone and has stressed the entire skit was a joke.
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