The presidential election is right around the corner, and Hillary Clinton is kicking it into high gear. On Wednesday morning, HRC went on Power 105.1 FM's The Breakfast Club for an interview with DJ Envy, Angela Yee, and of course, Charlamagne Tha God.
Unlike her last appearance on The Breakfast Club earlier this year, she didn't talk about hot sauce this time. But she did discuss Donald Trump, her husband Bill, guns, racism, the Cubs, Internet memes, Jay Z, and more. And at one point, Charlemagne even explained the meaning of the word "deadass" to her. Stevie Wonder stopped by, too, and sang Happy Birthday to Clinton, who turns 69 today.
During the 30-minute interview, Clinton started things off by talking about how great it would be to be elected the first female president. She said that, early on in life, she didn't plan on running for office and wanted to focus on her advocacy instead.
With regards to Clinton's opponent, Charlemagne noted that even his own daughter knows Trump is a ridiculously bad candidate. Charlemagne asked Clinton how she dealt with having to debate Trump, and Clinton responded by saying Trump is more about "insults than issues." Then Charlamagne (being Charlamagne!) told Clinton, "We saw you flip him off," in reference to a photo that made the rounds on social media during one of the presidential debates. She went along with it, even though she said she didn't do it intentionally.
Elsewhere in the interview, Clinton discussed guns and policing, which is a common topic on The Breakfast Club. She made it clear that she didn't want to take anyone's guns away but said that she wants to keep Americans safe by making sure the wrong people don't get access to firearms. With regards to policing, she stressed the need for better mental health care, as people with mental illnesses represent a significant portion of those killed by police. She explained: "We need better police training. I think there should be national standards on the use of legal force. I think one of the big problems we’ve got—and police tell me this—is most police don’t know how to deal with mental health problems. So we need better mental health response."
Clinton was also asked about possible First Gentlemen Bill Clinton. Rather than typical passion projects that First Ladies do, Clinton emphasized that her husband will still be doing hard work to help communities around the country and around the world. Will he do any decorating in the White House? "Oh, I hope not!" Clinton replied.
Later, when Clinton talked about how President Obama has made the White House "the people's house," Charlemagne brought up Obama dancing to Drake in the White House. They then discussed Jay Z's upcoming Ohio concert in support of Clinton. "I'm thrilled to have his support because I think one of the biggest jobs that I will face—assuming everything goes well—is how are we going to heal all these divides," Clinton explained, while again noting how problematic Trump's campaign rhetoric has been.
Charlemagne, who wore a shirt featuring a photo of Clinton rocking a Yankees hat during the interview, then asked Clinton if she ever looks at memes of herself on the internet. She looks at some of them, she said, before Charlemagne busted out a classic tweet comparing Clinton's debate clothing to the style of Death Row Records.
Noting Charlemagne's shirt, Clinton changed the subject from Suge Knight to baseball. She said that she does love the Yankees but has also been a Cubs fan since her childhood. When the Cubs kept losing, Clinton could at least balance it out with the Yankees' success, she said. Angela Yee quipped, "You were even a politician back then!"
And finally, Charlemagne explained to Clinton what the word "deadass" means, after showing her a meme of Clinton that said, "I need your votes deadass." Amazing stuff.
In addition to the in-depth interview, the group celebrated Clinton's 69th birthday (though, according to DJ Envy, she's actually just 45 years old). Stevie Wonder, a Clinton supporter, stopped by and sang her Happy Birthday:
You can watch the full interview above.