Even though I’m a Hillary Clinton supporter, I’m fully aware that she’s far from perfect and quite flawed – like all politicians. Unlike some folks, I don’t get unrealistically infatuated with political figures. I know that no one becomes a successful or long-serving member of our government without a good mix of pandering and a bit of hypocrisy tossed in at times.
Sadly, part of the reason for that is because many voters really don’t want to hear the truth, they just want to hear what they think or want to be true. The rise of the Internet has brought with it unprecedented levels of confirmation bias in the news and information with which many people surround themselves.
That being said, in the very hotly contested battle between Clinton and Bernie Sanders, a certain section of pro-Bernie folks have become basically as anti-Clinton as any Republican I’ve encountered. While most Sanders people I speak with are very rational and understand this November is about supporting the Democratic nominee (#VoteBlueNoMatterWho), there’s a very vocal (and somewhat sizable) chunk of the Vermont senator’s supporters who spend a great deal of their time (especially online) attacking and bashing Clinton for basically anything and everything she does.
These are the folks who, even when you debunk something ridiculous they believe about Clinton (such as she’s no better than Trump or any Republican), they really don’t care. They’re not open-minded and interested in facts – they just want to hate and bash Clinton.
But today a new “controversy” brewed after Clinton did what she does far more often than many of these pro-Sanders people think she does – she was honest about something.
While giving an interview with hip-hop morning radio show The Breakfast Club, she was asked to name something she always has with her.
What was her answer?: Hot sauce.
Naturally, this instantly spurred accusations that she was pandering to black voters and being flat-out racist for saying she carries around hot sauce with her while doing an interview with a hip-hop morning show. Because, clearly, there’s no way this could actually be true, right? I mean, after all, Clinton is nothing but a blatant liar and basically the second coming of the devil in a pantsuit.
Unfortunately for those people trying to bash her as a pandering racist, this isn’t the first time she’s admitted carrying around hot sauce with her. In fact, she’s been fairly open in the past about her love for spicy foods.
When she and her staff did an interview in 2012 during her time as Secretary of State, her staff was asked what she always carries with her:
A small mesh bag filled with the basics: Sharpies, Advil, sunscreen. Converters to charge her BlackBerry and iPad anywhere in the world. Red pepper flakes and a mini bottle of Tabasco Sauce for adding spice to her meals.
I guess back in 2012, in an elaborate ploy to pander to black voters in 2016, her staff knew to throw in red pepper flakes and Tabasco to help her “cover up” the blatant and racist lie she told Monday morning.
Then there was this write-up back in December about how she loves spicy foods and believes they bring certain health benefits.
Heck, even members of her 2008 campaign staff were apparently part of this elaborate lie she knew she was going to tell in 2016:
“During 2008, there was not a day or a minute that went by that we didn’t have a full plate of raw jalapenos,” said Jamie Smith, a 2008 campaign aide, who once received a pep talk from Clinton about her inability to handle their heat. “She ate them like potato chips.
Then there are these comments, also from 2008, where she told CBS News’ Katie Couric that she started eating a lot of spicy peppers in 1992 and swears they help keep her metabolism revved up and more energetic:
I eat a lot of hot peppers. For some reason started doing that in 1992, and I swear by it. I think it keeps my metabolism revved up and keeps me healthy.
But you know what, these folks are probably right. Clearly when Hillary Clinton said that she always carries around hot sauce with her, she was being racist and pandering to black voters. And she’s such a crafty and conniving liar that this was a racist lie she had been planning for around 24 years – all for this very moment.
Then again, perhaps based on a rather extensive history of comments about her love for spicy foods, she was just being honest?
Considering that her campaign confirmed to TIME on Monday that she does, in fact, carry around Ninja Squirrel hot sauce, chili flakes and jalapeños with her at all times, I’m going to go ahead and go with the latter.
I know I wrote this with a great deal of sarcasm, but this whole “controversy” is exactly what I mean when I say there are people out there who, despite actual facts, are quick and ready to bash Hillary Clinton no matter what she says or does. It’s not as if they hear something, research it themselves then come to a conclusion about something. Oh, no. What happened today is these folks came across some headline or comment somewhere accusing Clinton of being a “racist” for telling a hip-hop station she carries around hot sauce and – boom – that’s all they needed to hear. The truth is, that’s what they wanted to hear – something negative about Hillary Clinton.
And they couldn’t give a damn if it was true or not.