Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton visited The Breakfast Club this morning (April 18) days after her Democratic Debate battle with Senator Bernie Sanders. The former First Lady had fun talking about the origins of her pant suits, revealing how her husband proposed to her and explaining why she didn’t shout out Jay Z while she was in his hometown.
Surprisingly, she also dished on her dance moves; or, rather her lack of while visiting Ellen’s talk show.
"I am trying too hard, because I’m having a good time and I’m happy and everybody else is doing it, and I forget millions of people are watching it,” she explained.
And though she copped a plea for mispronouncing Beyoncé’s name, she did admit like the H-town superstar she also carries hot sauce in her bag. #swag
Things took a turn for the serious as she addressed Donald Trump and the crime bill signed by President Bill Clinton, which has drawn criticism toward her campaign.
On The Start Of Her Trademark Pant Suits
I think Steve looks pretty sharp, though I haven’t asked him who his tailor is. Do you think I should next time I see him? I could probably give him advice, I’ve had nearly every kind of pant suit there is, just about. I wore dresses most of my life, as most people growing up the time I did and as First Lady. And then I was just doing so many thing and I was running around and I just thought, You know I’m gonna start wearing pants, it’s so much easier. And once I started, I couldn’t stop.
On How Bill Clinton Proposed To Her
He and I started dating when we were in law school and we were living together. And then he moved back home to Arkansas and he started teaching at the law school. I took another job and then eventually I moved to Arkansas and teaching at the law school. So we were living together there, too. Right after law school we took a trip together, we were in this beautiful place in England called the Lake Country. So we’re standing by this lake, and he asks me to marry him. And I said—and I thought it was a reasonable thing—well, let me think about it. [Laughs.] Because I wasn’t sure what I was gonna do after law school, he knew what he was gonna do: he was gonna go back to Arkansas and run for office. He knew what he wanted to do and he’s great at it. So fast forward I move to Arkansas and he goes, You’re thinking about it, right? Yeah, I’m thinking about it. So I went out of town one day and he’s driving me to the airport, we went by this little house and I go, that’s a cute house. Literally, that’s all I said. I’m gone about a week, he comes and picks me up from the airport. He drives me to the house and he says, I bought the house you liked. I still hadn’t answered him. He got a mortgage. He said to me, Ok, I’m not asking you again, you gotta tell me when you’re ready. So a little while later I tell him I’m ready.
Fast forward, I go to see, at his request, President-Elect Obama, he asked me to come to Chicago after the election. He asked me to be Secretary of State. I said, I’m really flattered, I’m honored, but I think my best use would be in the senate. He said, No, I want you to think about it. You go home and think about it, but I want you to say yes. I said, Alright. I go home, think about it. I call him up, You know, Mr. President-Elect, I kist think I should stay in the senate. He goes, I’m telling you, Don’t call me again until you say yes. So I say to Bill, Can you believe it, the President-Elect has asked me to be Secretary of State, twice. I’ve said no twice and he said, Don’t talk to me again until you’re ready to say yes. And Bill says, You know that sounds really familiar. [Laughs.]
On If Bernie Sanders Is Over Promising
Yeah, I do. When he went before the New York Daily News Editorial Board, and they grilled him—and they grilled me, they grilled us each for an hour—they asked him questions about his key issues: You say you’re gonna up the banks, how are you gonna do it? He couldn’t answer the questions. I’ve been talking about how I’m gonna break up the banks, How I’m gonna use the law that President Obama passed and signed. I’ve been really specific. Because at the end of the day, I don’t want you just to take me up on my word. Look at my record, look what I’ve done, look what I’ve achieved here in New York. But also look at what I’m telling you I’m gonna do to improve your life or any body else’s. And then hold me accountable.
On Being In Brooklyn And Not Saying RIP Biggie Smalls Or Shouting Out Jay Z
Yeah, well, it went by so fast. And I gotta tell you, there’s so many things you wanna say, but they get to ask the questions. You gotta answer the question and figure out what you wanna say. Then the big red light is blinking like this and the moderator is saying I got something else to ask. I said I love Brooklyn!
On Super Predators, Bill Clinton’s Crime Bill And Its Aftermath
First of all I’ve said that I shouldn’t have used that word, I was talking about drug gangs, traffickers and cartels. But it was poor choice of words. But that’s why the very first speech I gave in this campaign I went up to Columbia with David Dinkins, who is someone that I really like and admire because he broke down a lot of barriers. I spoke at a big conference that he was holding about how we do take on the system. And let me make just a couple quick points because it’s a serious issue. We need criminal justice reform and it’s not enough to have body cameras, although we should have that. We've got to re-train police, we've got to work with communities. We’ve got to rebuild respect between police and communities they’re sworn to respect. And I think President Obama’s policing commission lays a good foundation for that and I’ve said I will absolutely follow through on it. I’ve had long conversations with Eric Holder and others who have been, really, on the front lines who have been trying to deal with the systemic problems. And there is systemic racism that has to be called out and addressed. I believe I’m in a position to be able to build on the work that Eric Holder, President Obama have done, by saying this, Look, white people have to recognize there is systemic racism. We have to not only address it in the criminal justice system, where in some ways by changing sentencing, by re-training police, by elevating the visibility of it, we can make progress. But there is still a lot of work to do. We have to address it in jobs, education, healthcare and everything else. Because there is such a level of ongoing discrimination. And a lot of white people basically say, Look, that’s over with, right? We had the Civil Rights movement. We have President Obama, so what’s the deal? And therefore I think I’m in a good position to say, Wait, there’s a lot more we have to do.