“Why take on politics?” Williams asked.
“Well, I love New York,” answered Nixon, a native of the state. She went on to explain that President Trump’s election was “a real wake-up” call for her and likely many women across the country. The actress, who is one small Oscar away from a coveted EGOT, added that New York was poised to be a “real liberal bastion” in the country, an example of policies that counteract those of the Trump administration.
“If we don’t like the direction our government is going in, we have to step up, and we have to get involved like never before,” Nixon said. “That’s what I’m doing.”
On the subject of “celebrity candidates” — the famous faces who seemingly enter politics simply to grab hold of fading headlines (see: Stacey Dash) — Nixon had another comeback. She argued that incumbent Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo was once himself a celebrity candidate, as the son of former New York governor Mario Cuomo.
Okay, two big talking points down. Next: “Where do you stand on gun control?” asked Williams, who earlier in the show spent an entire segment dishing on Tiger Woods, the rapper Tyga and Kardashian clan momager Kris Jenner.
“We’re at a real watershed moment now,” noted Nixon, who participated in New York’s March for Our Lives. She said that New York’s gun laws are “not bad” but could use amending.
That topic segued into the recent killing of Stephon Clark, an unarmed 22-year-old, by police in Sacramento.
“Is this a black-man thing?” Williams asked.
“Yes,” Nixon said. “I think it is. If we’re going to say black lives matter, then we have to mean it.”
Williams then asked a pointed question that perhaps underscored Nixon’s decision to appear on the former shock jock’s show in the first place: “How can black women help you become governor?”
Nixon called black women “the backbone of the Democratic Party,” specifically highlighting the hotly contested Senate special race in Alabama and the 2016 presidential election, in which black women “supported Hillary Clinton like white women didn’t.”
“The Wendy Williams Show,” which is based in New York, is a syndicated gabfest that reaches about 2 million homes nationally.