Hillary Clinton appeared on "The Breakfast Club" Tuesday morning. It's a radio show based in New York on Power 105.1, which bills itself as a "New York's Hip Hop and R&B" channel. Hillary Clinton + morning radio show + hip hop = me annotating the transcript using Genius. You can too! Sign up for Genius and annotate alongside me! To see an annotation, click or tap the highlighted part of the transcript.

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: Happy birthday.

ANGELA YEE: Yes, what a great birthday.

HILLARY CLINTON: Thank you, thank you. Yeah, it is pretty exciting.

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: What, are you about 44 today? 45?

HILLARY CLINTON: Yeah, that’s about right. [Laughter.] Let’s just stop there.


ANGELA YEE: But even on your birthday [inaudible] obviously a really critical time for you.

HILLARY CLINTON: It is. It’s so critical. We have three weeks left – a little less than – and we’ve got to just keep charging forward. People are great across the country. Actually, more people registered to vote than ever before. More than 200 million people.


HILLARY CLINTON: Which is great. And that includes 50 million young people.


HILLARY CLINTON: So I think that’s a good sign.

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: I’ve been watching this election, and one narrative that I’m shocked that’s not being pushed more is the fact that this is a historic time; like, you are a woman.

HILLARY CLINTON: [Inaudible.] [Laughter.]

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: That’s not being celebrated enough. [Inaudible] when Barack ran for president, the narrative was he’s black. They’re not really pushing that with you. Why do you think that is?

HILLARY CLINTON: Well, you know, I’m not exactly sure. I think part of it is people are trying to figure out what that means, and most people are okay with it, but some people are still having questions about it. And I’m proud to be a woman running for president. I’d be just incredibly humbled and honored to be the first woman president. But I have tried to emphasize to people that, hey, just like President Obama was a really good president, and the fact that he was black I think was historic and unprecedented, but he also claimed and owned his excellence, and that’s why I’m saying, okay – I think it’s really exciting and historic that I would be the first woman president, but I have a lot of work I want to do. And I hope that people will say, “Hey, she’s getting it done.” That’s how I think about it.

DJ ENVY: Are you excited to see younger people involved in politics? On the way up here, I was driving with my daughter, and she was like, “I don’t understand why people vote for Trump. He’s a jerk.” She said “jerk.” She’s going to get in trouble for that later. But she’s like, he’s a sexist –

DJ ENVY: Why? Why would you punish her for telling the truth?

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: Well, not – change the word jerk – he’s a sexist, he’s a racist, and they’re starting to learn – she’s only 14; they’re really getting into politics young.

HILLARY CLINTON: I hope that young people – and I love the fact that your daughter’s talking to you about this election – will understand that every election is about the future, which by definition means it’s more about the future of young people than it is about me. Here I am, 44, 45 – it’s not the same – [laughter.] So I want young people to be involved, and I especially want young people to vote. I’m excited when I go to events, and somebody comes up and says, “I’m going to give you my first vote,” or, “This is my first time to vote.” But I don’t want it to stop there. I know that young people have a lot of other – I can remember – a lot of other things going on in your life, but I hope that people will stay interested in the issues in this election, because I’m going to try to get everybody who makes less than $125,000 in their family, which is the vast majority of people, to be able to go to a public college or university totally tuition-free. And if you make more than that, debt-free. And so I can’t get that done unless young people are out there really [inaudible]. So I’m going to be asking help even after the election.

ANGELA YEE: Now, one thing I always tell people is that I love the people that you have working on your campaign. A lot of the young women that you have actually have inspired me [inaudible] okay, they always say, “Hillary is so responsive to everything that we have to say. That’s why we like her; we tell her something, and she really listens, and she wants to make things happen.”

HILLARY CLINTON: Well, I really believe being a good listener is important for anybody, and particularly for somebody who wants to be a leader. But I’m also really lucky to have the kind of people I’ve got around me. I’ve got such a great group of predominantly young people, but so diverse, and they bring different perspectives to the table. They will tell me exactly what’s on their mind. I don’t want people who just tell me what they think I want to hear, because that doesn’t do me any good. So this is an exciting campaign for me, because of the now, not just hundreds of people, but thousands of people who work for us.

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: Now, whenever you’re debating [inaudible] three debates, did you ever look over and be like, “Why am I debating this guy? He’s not a politician, he don’t have the experience I have. Why do I have to prove to y’all, America, that I’m a better candidate than him?”

ANGELA YEE: And sometimes I feel like it’s a lot of things that have nothing to do with anything, like just a lot of petty insults, and I’m like, what does this have to do with the issues that we care about?

HILLARY CLINTON: Well, amen. That’s more of what I feel. I’m sitting there thinking, what is going on here? We’ve got incredible opportunities, as well as some big challenges. That’s what we should be talking about. And I’m debating someone who is the nominee of the other party, so they chose him, and I have to accept that – but who isn’t ready to talk to me about what’s the best way to make college affordable, or what can we do to really reform criminal justice from end to end, or how are we going to deal with the epidemic with gun violence, or what are we going to do about prescription drug costs? I’ve laid out plans on all of this because that’s what people talk to me about. And it was hard even getting some of those important issues into the debates because of the way that he wanted to talk about, as you say so correctly, insults – not issues, insults.

DJ ENVY: Well, let’s --

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: We saw you flip him off. [Laughter.] You know the picture? Have you heard about the picture? Did it nice and on the low?

HILLARY CLINTON: That’s the problem with being on TV.

DJ ENVY: Oh, my goodness.

ANGELA YEE: I would [inaudible] debate him. How does she keep her composure?

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: Yeah, I don’t know how she keeps her composure.

ANGELA YEE: And not [inaudible].

DJ ENVY: Let me see the picture. Oh, [inaudible].

HILLARY CLINTON: Well, I really did pay attention to what Michelle Obama said at our convention --

ANGELA YEE: Right? When they go low --

HILLARY CLINTON: -- they go low, we go high. I kept reminding myself.

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: [Inaudible.] Let’s talk about gun violence. It’s – it hurts our community so much. Recently, I was in an incident where somebody shot at our vehicle. How do we get these guns off the streets?

HILLARY CLINTON: Well, I mean, what you just said is horrifying, but it’s become like matter of course: “I was in an incident and somebody shot my vehicle.” This is a public health epidemic. It is the number-one cause of death for young African American men, more than the next nine causes put together. It also kills 33,000 people a year. And some of those are suicides and some of those are terrible accidents and some of them are killings, murders.

So here’s what I’ve said. The first thing is we got to make sure we try to keep guns out of the wrong hands. And I want comprehensive background checks. I want to close the online loophole and the gun show loophole. I want to reverse this terrible law. President Obama and I were in the Senate together, and we voted against this, but it passed because the gun lobby wanted it. And it was to just give like a free pass, no liability to gun makers and sellers. And so we got to have a really concerted effort. And the sad part is a vast majority of Americans agree with everything I’ve just said and a big majority of gun owners, but what happens is the gun lobby whips up people and makes them believe that President Obama or I are coming for their guns. Well, that’s ridiculous. And he’s said it, I have said it. But we do want to save lives by keeping a gun from somebody who shouldn’t have it [inaudible].

DJ ENVY: Absolutely. This is the debate.


CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: This is right after he called you a nasty woman [inaudible]. [Laughter.]

ANGELA YEE: [Inaudible.]


HILLARY CLINTON: Very, very subtle. I didn’t know I was doing it.


HILLARY CLINTON: [Inaudible.] [Laughter.]

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: I wonder who planted the seed in your mind that said you could be president or [inaudible]. Somebody like Shirley Chisholm?

HILLARY CLINTON: Well, I mean, think about Shirley Chisholm, who I was privileged to meet and watch as she fought to become really the first woman that even had a chance in a major party. She really set the stage. Another great New Yorker, Gerry Ferraro, who was nominated for vice president. I took my daughter to meet her when she was four years old in 1984 because I was so [inaudible] she was on the presidential ticket.

So there’ve been a number of women in modern history as well as going back further. I never thought of actually running for office [inaudible]. I am focused on [inaudible] I wanted to work on policy because I think it really makes a difference. Every time I meet somebody who’s been affected by something I worked on, I feel like, yes, that’s what I want to do, whether the Children’s Health Insurance Program or making drugs safer for kids or helping more kids get a doctor, whatever it might be. And it wasn’t until 1998 that I ever seriously thought about running for office. And I didn’t make up my mind to do that until 1999, and then I ran for the Senate. It was really hard for me. I’ve said this before. I look at somebody like my husband or President Obama. They are so natural. I mean, they are fluid, they got the moves, they can just go into a room and really capture it, they’ve got charisma. It was a lot harder for me, and part of it was to go back to the question that was asked earlier. We don’t think about women being leaders, and so what is the kind of model that you have, and there aren’t very many. You can look at women around the world, but we haven’t had a woman president. So it really is like making it up as you go and then trying to figure – learn from your mistakes, trying to figure out what the best way to go forward is.

DJ ENVY: Now, with Bill, Bill’s going to be the First Man of the – every First Lady has a passion project right? Like Nancy had the Just Say No campaign; Michelle Obama had the education; and what is Bill’s going to be?

HILLARY CLINTON: Well, I’ve asked him. I’ve asked him to work on trying to bring more economic opportunity into places that have been left out. You know, he did a lot of that when he was President. But we have inner cities, we have rural communities, we have Indian reservations. We have places in our country that really have been just forgotten. And I would like him to work with the government, work with the cabinet, to come up with ideas about what we’re going to do.

And there’s a great proposal by Jim Clyburn, the Congressman from South Carolina. He is the highest-ranking African American in Congress. He has something called 10-20-30, which is saying that 10 percent of federal funds should go to 20 percent of the communities that have had longstanding property for 30 years or more. And I love that because, you know, there are places that are thriving in America that don’t need very much help, and then there are places where people feel so discouraged and so left behind, like nobody cares about them. And I want to try to help there.

DJ ENVY: And he could do it.

HILLARY CLINTON: He could do it, yes.

DJ ENVY: Would he do any decorating?

HILLARY CLINTON: No, hopefully not.

DJ ENVY: [Inaudible.] [Laughter.]

ANGELA YEE: Yeah. [Inaudible.] We just had [inaudible] police brutality issue, and [inaudible] our communities. What are some things you think we can do that [inaudible]?

HILLARY CLINTON: Well, that’s one of the highest priorities that I have had throughout this campaign because, you’re right, it’s something that we have to be honest about. We have to face up to systemic racism. We see it in jobs, we see it in education, we see it in housing. But let’s be really clear; it’s a big part of what we’re facing in the criminal justice system. African American men get arrested, charged, convicted, and incarcerated far more often and for far longer for doing the same thing that white men do. So for me that is just fundamentally unfair. That’s against the American values.

So I’m going to do everything I can to restore trust and build back those bonds between the police and communities. I think we’re all safer when the police respect the communities they’re supposed to serve, and the communities respect the law. So we’ve got a long way to go before we’re back there. But I’ve been working with a really broad range of people, including yesterday in North Carolina [inaudible] Mothers of the Movement, including Gwen Carr, Eric Garner’s mother. And she has traveled around with me. I’ve gotten to know her and the other mothers pretty well. They are mothers who have lost children, through police incidents or through gun violence.

And she said something that, boy, it really made a huge impression on me. She said, you know, after Eric died, she thought to herself she couldn’t get out of bed, and then she had almost heard God saying to her, “Well, you need to get up and do something to honor him.” And so she has been going around talking to churches, talking to community groups, and she said, “Look, we’re going to turn our sorrow into a strategy and our mourning into a movement.” And so that’s what I want to see. I want people to come together and listen respectfully. 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 have got – and police tell me this – is most police don’t know how to deal with mental health problems. And so we need better mental health response. I don’t think the police, even if we train them, can be, you know, as good as psychologists and psychiatrists and others knowing what is happening to somebody. So we’ve got to have a more coherent, comprehensive approach. And it’s going to be one of my highest priorities, and [inaudible] bring the community together.

ANGELA YEE: I was [inaudible] to work in the community. I think sometimes that mandatory community service, so they know the people in the area where they live, and so they have that familiarity and it’s not a fear.

HILLARY CLINTON: Yeah. And there’s fear on both sides.

ANGELA YEE: For both people.

HILLARY CLINTON: Yeah. And the best way to break down that fear is to spend time with somebody, put yourself in somebody else’s shoes, understand what the other person is going through. And I’m going to try to, you know, really steal some good ideas after talking to people around the country who have been doing that kind of outreach and bringing police into the communities.

I met a great young man. You guys should have him on the show sometime. He’s a barber in Charlotte, North Carolina, and he started a program called Cops and Barbers. And he started bringing police officers into the community, meeting with people, and then he would have discussions in his barber shop and he would try to get people to understand different perspectives. And he even went through some police training, so he could get what they see and understand what they feel. That’s what we need more of.

ANGELA YEE: And in a non-hostile situation.

HILLARY CLINTON: Absolutely. Yeah. Where people are actually looking for the opportunity to get to know more about each other.

DJ ENVY: Now, a lot of black people feel like Democrats just give them a bunch of empty promises and get our votes and they disappear but you didn’t fix the problems. What do you say to them?

HILLARY CLINTON: Well, I certainly don’t think that’s true for most of the politicians, most of the Democrats I know. When I was in the Senate, I had eight great years working with the community on major issues, trying to deal with problems that people brought to my attention. That’s certainly what I intend to do as president. I think that is what President Obama has done. And he’s made the White House really the people’s house. People feel like they’re welcome.

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: We saw him dancing [inaudible] the other day. [Laughter.]


CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: In the White House.

HILLARY CLINTON: I’ll tell you what. He can do it, don’t you think? [Laughter.]


ANGELA YEE: I hear you’ve got Jay-Z doing [inaudible].

HILLARY CLINTON: Yes, yeah. Jay-Z is doing a concert. And 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 of these divides?

DJ ENVY: [Inaudible] Trump supporters who are really nasty and [inaudible].

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: Yeah, you’ve got to bring the whole country back, back together. [Inaudible] may be running back into hiding when they move forward, which is fine by me, too.

HILLARY CLINTON: Well, I think there’s something to both of those because what Trump has done is to make it possible for people who had racist, sexist, and all kinds of prejudices and bigotry to put them right out there. Now, I'm not going to be able to wave a magic wand and change everybody’s thoughts. That’s something that can only happen by people working on themselves and being held to account by the rest of us, but what he’s done really unleashed a lot of darkness and divisiveness.


HILLARY CLINTON: And we’ve got to say, look, you know what? That is just not acceptable. We’re not going to sit here and accept that. And whether we do humor or whether we make speeches, whether we’re just talking to our friends, everybody needs to have a little bit more of an attitude, hey, you know what? We can’t say that about somebody else because that can create a real repercussion. And somebody does the same thing about us. Everybody needs to be a part of that.

ANGELA YEE: [Inaudible.]

DJ ENVY: [Inaudible.]

HILLARY CLINTON: [Inaudible.] Yeah. And none of the rest of the nastiness and the insults that have been a part of this campaign. I think that the other piece of it is we’ve got to figure out some way to encourage these kind of conversations that we’re talking about. And they’ve got to be honest or we’re not going to do any good. And all somebody needs to say, “Look, here’s what I really feel.”

And you can say, “Okay. Well, why do you feel that way?” And then they talk about it. And I think if we put our minds to it, we can make some progress.

DJ ENVY: Now, you mentioned humor. Do you take time to laugh a little now? Do you watch the SNL stuff?


DJ ENVY: Okay.

HILLARY CLINTON: They’re pretty funny.

DJ ENVY: Yeah. [Inaudible.]

HILLARY CLINTON: I think they did a great job. I mean, it wasn’t hard to make fun of those debates. And they did a great job. We try to find something to laugh about every day and –

DJ ENVY: Do you look at the memes?

HILLARY CLINTON: Some of them, I do.

DJ ENVY: Do you look at them?

HILLARY CLINTON: Sometimes. [Inaudible.] I love that.

DJ ENVY: [Inaudible.] Right? [Inaudible] the one that make you dress like [inaudible]. Would that [laughter] [inaudible] record?

HILLARY CLINTON: Oh, yeah. I think [inaudible] and a lot of other fashion sources have influenced my love for humor.

DJ ENVY: And this one became a shirt, you with your Yankees hat on.

HILLARY CLINTON: Well, there’s a story behind that.

DJ ENVY: Okay. Talk to me.


DJ ENVY: I thought you were a Cubs fan.


DJ ENVY: Okay.

HILLARY CLINTON: That’s my National League team.

DJ ENVY: Super Bowl – I mean, the World Series.

HILLARY CLINTON: Yeah. We’re in the Super Bowl. I mean, it’s like –

DJ ENVY: World Series. World Series.

HILLARY CLINTON: World Series. So when I was a little girl, my father was an incredible fan of the Cubs. We used to watch every game. Every game we would watch. And in those days, games were on in the afternoon. There were no lights on Wrigley Field. And they just kept losing. And so I said, I said, to my father [inaudible]. I was like really young, fix, six, but I understood there was a difference between winning and losing. I said, “You’ve got to get a winning team. This” – he said, “Well, you can’t be – you’ve got to stick with the Cubs.”

I said, “Okay. Well, I’ll stick with somebody who doesn’t play with the Cubs.” I couldn’t be a White Sox fan because that was like being a Mets or a Yankees fan.

DJ ENVY: Right.

HILLARY CLINTON: So I started looking at baseball cards and talking to the kids. I said, “The Yankee always win.” So I’ll be depressed about the Cubs, and I’ll be happy about the Yankees. That’s how I’d balance it out.

ANGELA YEE: You were a politician back then.

HILLARY CLINTON: Well, I was a baseball – I was a baseball fan, at any rate.

DJ ENVY: This is [inaudible]. This is very New York. So the meme is – it says, “I need your votes [inaudible].” So that would be your [inaudible].


DJ ENVY: Yeah.

HILLARY CLINTON: Yeah, that’s [inaudible]. Well, gosh, I think that was when the Yankees came to the White House. That was a long time ago, unfortunately.

DJ ENVY: I remember.


DJ ENVY: Now let’s talk about taxes a little bit.

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: Oh, hold on. They said they need the – you good?

STAFF: [Off-mike.]



ANGELA YEE: Break, break.

DJ ENVY: Break.

HILLARY CLINTON: So you were there at the big party, huh?

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: No, I wasn’t there. I saw it on Snapchat. [Laughter.]

ANGELA YEE: I saw it on Snapchat. [Laughter.]

DJ ENVY: I saw it on Snapchat.

HILLARY CLINTON: Because they take away everybody’s phones, which was really a --


DJ ENVY: So how’d they get it? Somebody had a phone there.

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: Usher had it. Usher took a picture --

HILLARY CLINTON: Did Usher have it? Well --

ANGELA YEE: They couldn’t take Usher’s phone.

HILLARY CLINTON: Maybe I should say I don’t have one.

DJ ENVY: Dreamer? Dreamer had one too.


DJ ENVY: Yeah, Dreamer. Yeah, Dreamer too.

HILLARY CLINTON: Yeah, yeah. But I went to Michelle’s 50th birthday party and Beyoncé performed, and that was great dancing.

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: You pronounced it right.

HILLARY CLINTON: Yeah, learned how.

DJ ENVY: Do you dance when you go to – do you dance? Do you dance? [Laughter.] Do you know how to dance?

HILLARY CLINTON: Look, here’s how I would describe it. [Laughter.]

DJ ENVY: Uh-oh.

HILLARY CLINTON: I love to dance.

DJ ENVY: Okay.


HILLARY CLINTON: Period. And so any chance I get, I will dance. I’m not sure that it would be anything that you’d be saying was good dancing, but --

DJ ENVY: Okay. [Laughter.] You don’t do the robot and stuff like that?

HILLARY CLINTON: No, I’m not a robot – I don’t do the robot stuff, yeah.

DJ ENVY: Okay, all right, all right. Just making sure.

HILLARY CLINTON: But I love to dance. And when we were at the White House and in years since, we’ve had a lot of dance parties just because I love the way people just kind of lose themselves, right?

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: Yeah, yeah, yeah.

HILLARY CLINTON: It’s so relaxed and everybody enjoys what they’re doing, and I think we got a special guest coming up, pretty amazing.

DJ ENVY: Yeah.

HILLARY CLINTON: That’s what I heard.

STAFF: Do we need to break for a minute to just set up?


CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: Oh, yeah. We can break.

HILLARY CLINTON: Do you guys dance a lot?

DJ ENVY: Absolutely.

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: Yeah. I ain’t got no rhythm.

ANGELA YEE: Oh, they – these guys do. They dance all the time.

DJ ENVY: I don’t have great rhythm.

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: I don’t have no rhythm.

ANGELA YEE: They don’t care what it looks like, but they’ll dance. [Laughter.]

HILLARY CLINTON: I don’t believe it. Well, I think that’s a good sign that you’re not self-conscious.

ANGELA YEE: Right. They’re definitely not self-conscious.

HILLARY CLINTON: Are you a good dancer?

ANGELA YEE: No, I don’t dance ever.


ANGELA YEE: But I sit on – I stand on tables and couches and --

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: Have you seen these kids dance nowadays? You can’t keep up with these kids, man.

HILLARY CLINTON: No, no, I don’t try to. No, no.

ANGELA YEE: They dance with each other a lot too in the studio.

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: No, we – no, we don’t. [Laughter.]

HILLARY CLINTON: Are we going to get to see an example of it before we go? [Laughter.]


HILLARY CLINTON: I’m going to ask your daughter, how well does he dance? Let – now, come on, tell me the truth.

PARTICIPANT: Oh, not very well. [Laughter.]

ANGELA YEE: It’s actually embarrassing.

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: A little embarrassing. It’s a little embarrassing.

HILLARY CLINTON: I don’t think any child thinks their --

DJ ENVY: Their parents can dance?

HILLARY CLINTON: I don’t care how good their parents are as a dancer. I don’t think any child thinks --

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: If the father’s like Usher --

ANGELA YEE: Right, can’t deny. Or Beyoncé.

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: Chris Brown. Yeah, Beyoncé.

HILLARY CLINTON: Yeah, but I think even the kids there would say, “Well, okay, but not great,” right? I mean, that’s what kids do.

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.

ANGELA YEE: Yeah, that’s true. My mom always thought she was an amazing dancer and I was always like, “What are you doing?” [Laughter.]

HILLARY CLINTON: But it makes you feel good.


HILLARY CLINTON: I love to dance. Yeah, actually, I was thinking, having gone to Michelle’s party that they really knew how to put on a party. They had – people had a great time. And --

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: If you need party promoters, just holler at us. Party [inaudible] White House. [Laughter.]

ANGELA YEE: We’re going to have a great party for you now.

HILLARY CLINTON: I told you guys that you’re going to come.

DJ ENVY: We’re excited about it.

HILLARY CLINTON: Whether you believe me or not, you’re going to come.

ANGELA YEE: Oh, don’t worry. We were going to bring that up in .2 seconds.

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: Yeah, .2 seconds, yeah. [Laughter.]

ANGELA YEE: We have it on tape.

HILLARY CLINTON: No, you do. You have it on tape in front of all these witnesses. Because I keep telling people I want to close the deficit, and one of the deficits is want to close is the fun deficit.


ANGELA YEE: Not funds.

HILLARY CLINTON: We got to close the fun deficit. I’m sick of all this meanness. And why don’t these people who support my opponent go out and fun dancing? You think they dance?

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: Yeah, yeah, absolutely.

HILLARY CLINTON: I think we need a big national dance.

DJ ENVY: I’m with you.

HILLARY CLINTON: Maybe bring everybody together.

DJ ENVY: I’m with you. Gotta have fun.

HILLARY CLINTON: We got to think of something for people to do.

ANGELA YEE: But you know what? You have some great people working on –

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: That might be Bill’s thing. We saw with Travis Scott, tried to rap. [Laughter.]

ANGELA YEE: Oh, I did see that. But you have some great people working on your campaign. I was saying that like I see profiles of them in magazines and everything. I think that’s so helpful, because just having them out there like on the frontlines I know initially it made me feel comfortable and then they came to speak.



HILLARY CLINTON: I’m so glad. There are. There are some amazing people. And there’s some people that have been my friends for a really long time, and then new people that are just phenomenal. Have you met Minyon Moore? Do you know Minyon?


HILLARY CLINTON: Yeah, she’s a longtime friend of mine who’s one of my vice chairs, and she has really taken it upon herself to mentor a lot of the young talent that we’ve got in this campaign. It’s been really --

ANGELA YEE: And I know Diyara [ph].

HILLARY CLINTON: Do you know --


HILLARY CLINTON: Oh, Diyara [ph] is amazing.

ANGELA YEE: Yeah, she’s great. She’s the one that called me to come out when I was in Miami for Tim Kaine.

HILLARY CLINTON: Oh, I’m so glad you did.

ANGELA YEE: Yeah. She was like, “Can you find some time?” I was like, “Of course.”

DJ ENVY: Taylor, you got a pen?

HILLARY CLINTON: Well, yeah. Diara [ph] has been – people just so brag about her to me, I mean, everybody that she has been connected with. She has done such a good job, made them feel so welcome and included. She had a famous person who was doing some events for – somebody was supposed to catch a plane. And the plane had mechanical problems, didn’t go until Diara drove him like four and a half hours. I mean, she’s just –

ANGELA YEE: She’s not playing.

HILLARY CLINTON: Get the job done.

ANGELA YEE: Yeah. That’s what you need.

HILLARY CLINTON: No matter what it is. This is quite the place we’re in here.

DJ ENVY: Thank you.

PARTICIPANT: We’re going to him join you guys first.

ANGELA YEE: Oh, let me slide down.

PARTICIPANT: He will fit in here. And then he’ll come and play.

HILLARY CLINTON: Oh, wow. This is really nice. I had no idea. I knew that he was going to come. I just thought he was going to sit down. I didn’t think he –

PARTICIPANT: It’s exciting.

HILLARY CLINTON: Yeah, it’s pretty exciting.

ANGELA YEE: My mama is in [inaudible].

HILLARY CLINTON: Is she going to – where does your mama live?

DJ ENVY: Don’t you put this on SnapChat. Hey, Taylor, no SnapChat.

HILLARY CLINTON: You should like call her and let him say hi to her or something like that. Is she around?

ANGELA YEE: Yeah, she [inaudible].

HILLARY CLINTON: She – yeah. Do that. He’s so nice. I’ve known him for so long. He’s such a nice man.

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: I'm meeting everybody my mom like lately. I met Smokey Robinson last week, Harry Belafonte earlier this year.

HILLARY CLINTON: Man. See, it makes a big deal, doesn’t it?


DJ ENVY: My daughter didn’t want to come and see any artist we ever had. Today, she was like, “I'm going, Dad.” She got right out of school, got dressed, and was ready to go, never on time. She was on time today.


DJ ENVY: It means a lot.

HILLARY CLINTON: I want to be sure we get a picture with her, too.

DJ ENVY: Absolutely.


DJ ENVY: It means a lot for even young girls, like even for me. Being a child, I never thought I could be a president. But my son now –

HILLARY CLINTON: Thinks he can.

DJ ENVY: – can think that. My daughter now can think that, which is great.

HILLARY CLINTON: I'm so glad. I'm so glad you said that because it’s a really big deal.

DJ ENVY: It is.

HILLARY CLINTON: It is a big deal. And people try to diminish it or overlook how important it is, but it’s a big deal.

DJ ENVY: It’s a huge deal.

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: And they don’t talk about it with you at all.


CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: It’s kind of a good thing, though. It’s like the girl in the neighborhood who could beat guys up. So you don’t really look at her like a girl. [Laughter.]

DJ ENVY: You don’t look at her like a girl.

HILLARY CLINTON: Man, I want to meet that girl. [Laughter.] I need her. Sign her up. Find her for me. Where did you grow up?

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: Moncks Corner, South Carolina.

HILLARY CLINTON: And where did you grow up?

DJ ENVY: Queens, New York. Queens.

HILLARY CLINTON: So we’ve got New Jersey?

ANGELA YEE: I'm from Brooklyn.

HILLARY CLINTON: Brooklyn, Queens, and South Carolina. Well, I have a lot of friends in South Carolina.

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: You have Bakari and Jim Clyburn.

HILLARY CLINTON: Yeah. Hasn’t he done a great job?

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: Oh, a great job. I want him to make it back into politics and get off CNN.

HILLARY CLINTON: I hope he will, but he has been great. Do you know Jaime Harrison from – he’s the new – he’s the chair of the Democratic Party down there. He’s really impressive.

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: I don’t think so.

HILLARY CLINTON: Or Steve Benjamin?

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: I know Steve Benjamin. That’s my guy, yeah.

HILLARY CLINTON: I like Steve. He’s a real up and comer. He’s got such a great manner with people. He’s so easygoing and so just unruffled. And I would love to see how far he could go.

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: I'm going to see him all of next week because we do – it’s the University of South Carolina homecoming. So we’re doing a party down there.


CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: Yeah. It’s me, Bakari, and –

HILLARY CLINTON: Oh, that’s really nice. Hello, my friend.


DJ ENVY: Hey, man.

HILLARY CLINTON: Oh, look at you with your jacket. How are you doing?

STEVIE WONDER: Good to see you.

HILLARY CLINTON: I'm glad to see you.

STEVIE WONDER: Good to see you, too.


STEVIE WONDER: Can I get a picture with you and me just standing?

HILLARY CLINTON: Sure, sure, absolutely. I like that jacket.

STEVIE WONDER: That’s what I designed this for.

HILLARY CLINTON: That is pretty amazing.

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: That look like Two Chains made that jacket.


PARTICIPANT: [Inaudible.]

STEVIE WONDER: It’s good to see you.

HILLARY CLINTON: I’m so glad you’re here. This is so exciting. Hi. Hi. How are you doing?

PARTICIPANT: All right. I'm going to do another one.

STEVIE WONDER: So you like it?

HILLARY CLINTON: You bet I like it. That is so cool. Have you met our hosts here at The Breakfast Club?

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: How are you doing, Mr. Wonder?

STEVIE WONDER: How are you?


STEVIE WONDER: Good to meet you.

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: Nice to meet you. All right.

ANGELA YEE: Hi. How are you?


STEVIE WONDER: How are you?

DJ ENVY: How are you doing? Nice to meet you.

STEVIE WONDER: Good to meet you.

ANGELA YEE: Hi. I'm Angela.

STEVIE WONDER: Hi. How are you?

ANGELA YEE: Nice to meet you.

STEVIE WONDER: Good to meet you.

HILLARY CLINTON: Yeah. These are pretty –

PARTICIPANT: This way. [Inaudible.] I'm going to get it. [Inaudible.] We got that one.

DJ ENVY: So we’re going to come back, and we’re going to say, “Surprise.”

HILLARY CLINTON: Excellent. Excellent.

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: Yeah. Since it’s your birthday, we’ve got to surprise you.

HILLARY CLINTON: Are we all set here? Here’s a microphone in front of you. That’s a pretty cool design.

STEVIE WONDER: Well, the person that – I gave her the idea. I said, “This is how I want to do it.”


PARTICIPANT: Are you all ready?


DJ ENVY: Good morning, everybody. It’s DJ Envy, Angela Yee, Charlamagne Tha God. We are The Breakfast Club. We’re still here with our special guest.

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: Let’s call her Madam President. Let’s put it in the air now.

DJ ENVY: Okay.

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: Put that good energy out there.

ANGELA YEE: Yes. We’re preparing for the White House.

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: That’s right. Now, it is your birthday. So –

DJ ENVY: Today’s her born day.

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: There’s a special guest.

DJ ENVY: We’ve got a surprise. We pulled some strings.


ANGELA YEE: Okay, actually, we had nothing to do with it.

DJ ENVY: Now, it is your birthday.

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: Today’s her born day.

DJ ENVY: There’s a special guest.

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: We got a surprise. We pulled some strings.

DJ ENVY: Yeah.

ANGELA YEE: Okay. Actually, we had nothing to do with it. We’re just happy your here.

DJ ENVY: No, we had nothing to do with it.

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: But we’ll take all the credit. [Laughter.]

DJ ENVY: Ladies and gentlemen, Stevie Wonder!

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: The legendary Stevie Wonder is here!

HILLARY CLINTON: At the Breakfast Club! This is exciting!

DJ ENVY: That’s right. He got on the jacket. It look like two changes. Now, doesn’t he look fresh?

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: And we can see it. It says “President Clinton” on it. First – woo!

DJ ENVY: Yes, sir.

ANGELA YEE: “First Woman President.”

DJ ENVY: First Woman President.


DJ ENVY: That’s amazing.


STEVIE WONDER: You know, that’s one of my most recent concepts for design. But people said, “Well, why do you want to do it?” I said, “I want to wear what I believe.”

DJ ENVY: There you go.


STEVIE WONDER: So here we go.


STEVIE WONDER: I’m really excited to be here, and I’m here to – excited to support someone that I have had such great love and respect for years. So it’s very exciting and I think that, truth be it told, I think we as men, we have had our chance to work it out. It’s time to let a woman do it.


DJ ENVY: They been working it out in our life all these years, from our grandmas to our moms to whoever.


DJ ENVY: Like why not?


STEVIE WONDER: Exactly. There you go.

ANGELA YEE: Say that.

HILLARY CLINTON: You got – these three young people here, Stevie, are really energetic and –

DJ ENVY: Stevie young himself. He look like 2 Chainz from the back with that jacket and them braids.

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: Yeah. That’s right. [Laughter.]

DJ ENVY: He’s my father. [Laughter.]


STEVIE WONDER: Well, you know, speaking of millennials, I mean, I have – my youngest child is 1.

DJ ENVY: Wow! [Applause.]

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: You! You! You! You! You!

ANGELA YEE: [Inaudible.]

DJ ENVY: That’s what I like to hear!

STEVIE WONDER: So she’s going to be voting for your daughter when she becomes –

HILLARY CLINTON: Oh, no! [Laughs.]


HILLARY CLINTON: How many kids now do you have?

STEVIE WONDER: I have nine.

DJ ENVY: Go ahead, Stevie.



HILLARY CLINTON: And how many are of voting age right now?

STEVIE WONDER: We have five.

DJ ENVY: Hillary want all the votes. [Laughter.]

HILLARY CLINTON: I don’t want to wait. I don’t want to wait.

STEVIE WONDER: And we have – well, actually – yeah, five that can vote.


STEVIE WONDER: And they’re going to vote the right way, which is for you.

DJ ENVY: Absolutely.

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: What’s one of the main reasons you want to vote for Secretary Clinton, Mr. Wonder?

STEVIE WONDER: Well, because contrary to what people are saying, you can’t go by what people say, but by their spirit. And when she talks about the things that she’s done for longer than just the 30 years that she talks about, I think since she had in her spirit what she received, you know, from her father, from her parents, the lessons she learned, to understand that we have to be respectful to one another, that we have to have pride in not just one people but all people, that we have to truly become a united people of the United States of America, and divisiveness cannot make that happen. Disrespecting one’s ethnicity or their religious preference, on and on and on, if they have a disability, is not anything that has to do with when we talk about democracy. Equality.

ANGELA YEE: Or gender.

STEVIE WONDER: And we can’t live in a place of fear.


STEVIE WONDER: You know, fear’s what puts dreams to sleep. And so I think that first, you know, law and order comes from having respect for one another.

DJ ENVY: Absolutely.

STEVIE WONDER: You know, you can’t just have it one way because you’ve got the power. The power has to be in your desire to see everyone thrive.

DJ ENVY: Absolutely.

ANGELA YEE: That’s so beautiful.

DJ ENVY: And that’s –

STEVIE WONDER: That’s what we think.

DJ ENVY: That’s beautiful. Now, Senator, they attacked your health.


DJ ENVY: And we’ve been here for the last hour and a half, and you seem healthy than a mother. Like, I mean, you’re up and down. You’re laughing. You’re joking. You’re talking about partying.

ANGELA YEE: We had a dance-off.

DJ ENVY: We had a dance-off up here.

STEVIE WONDER: Really? Without the [inaudible]? [Laughter.]

DJ ENVY: That’s way into people with your health because they seen you coughing. They seen the one incident where they thought that you fainted. How is your health now?

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: Or you was taking shots with the firefighters at 9/11. You got a little drink. That’s why you did a little stumble.

HILLARY CLINTON: You know everything.

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: Yeah, yeah. That’s all it was. That’s all it was.

HILLARY CLINTON: You get around, I’ll tell you.


HILLARY CLINTON: Well, it’s so funny because I spent – what did I spend – four and a half hours debating Donald Trump in three debates, which I think should put to rest any questions about my stamina –

DJ ENVY: Absolutely.

HILLARY CLINTON: – my ability to –

DJ ENVY: And that’s got to be draining.

HILLARY CLINTON: – do this job. It’s exhausting. [Laughter.] There’s no doubt about it. But it is – look. It’s something that Stevie has not only just said but has represented his entire career: I mean, respect for each other, love and kindness, things that I’ve tried to talk about even during this campaign. Don’t tear other people down. Lift people up. And that’s what he’s done for decades, and it’s what I’m going to try to do – not in song, thank goodness, but what I’m going to try to do as president. I want people to feel that I’ve got their back, that they can count on me, and that the door’s open, the table is set for everybody, so that nobody feels like, hey, I’m a lesser person. And it’s that place of fear. It does kill dreams. That’s exactly what fear does.

DJ ENVY: How do you avoid taking cheap shots at Donald Trump, though? Because he’s such an easy target and he takes them at you. How do you avoid doing it?

HILLARY CLINTON: Because I try to remember what’s at stake in the election. I don’t want to get into an insult fight with him. I want to try to counter what he says because a lot of it is mean-spirited and would hurt people – cutting taxes even more on the wealthy and corporations, that’s not going to help anybody except the wealthy and corporations.

ANGELA YEE: And not paying your taxes at all.

HILLARY CLINTON: And not paying his taxes at all. So I try to counter what he says that might have an effect on somebody. But I don’t want to get into some sort of back-and-forth on insults because that just drags everybody down.

DJ ENVY: Right.

HILLARY CLINTON: And he’s negative enough, I don’t need to add to that.


HILLARY CLINTON: That’s how I feel about it.

ANGELA YEE: When they go low –

HILLARY CLINTON: [In unison] We go high. That’s right.

ANGELA YEE: Now, one last thing I wanted to ask you. It seems like people do want some type of radical change right now. What do you think needs to be changed? And I’m sure you’re preparing for the White House now as we speak.


ANGELA YEE: But what are some radical things you think need to be done?

HILLARY CLINTON: Well, I think people do want change, but we want to make sure that the change will actually help people. And that’s why I reject the change agenda that Trump has. It’s dark and it’s divisive – deporting 11 million people, talking about law and order, calling every group of people in America names, talking about cutting taxes on the wealthy, feeling like he can bring more nuclear weapons into the world – I mean, everything he’s talked about is a form of change.

ANGELA YEE: Calling women Miss Piggy.

HILLARY CLINTON: Yeah. Miss Piggy and slobs and all of that. But it’s not the right kind of change. So we need to have an economy that works for everybody, not just people on the top. And we need more good jobs, and that means we’ve got to start educating young people, starting literally in the first five years of life making sure that every kid in every zip code has good teachers and good schools, making college affordable, helping people pay down their debt. I really feel strongly that we can make change for every person. And it will be radical in the person’s life.


HILLARY CLINTON: And it will enhance their prospects for their own future. But not by over-promising and creating conflict. I don’t think we need to do that. I have to make my case and I have to get people to stand with me to get these programs passed through the Congress. But I really think there’s going to be an opportunity to do that because what we’ve seen from Donald Trump has been so negative that nobody wants to be associated with that.

STEVIE WONDER: Mrs. President –

DJ ENVY: Madam President.

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: There you go. There you go, Mr. Wonder.

STEVIE WONDER: I want to just say this truly to everyone. Here is a truth. I’m living a life. I have nine children. My youngest is 1.

DJ ENVY: We know, Stevie.

STEVIE WONDER: Okay. My oldest is Aisha. She’s still – you know, all my children are my babies. They’re our babies. So the thing is, we have – the truth is that we have to, as American citizens, stop thinking that this life that we’re living, the things that we’re dealing with, is some reality TV show. This is real life, real children, real situations. Gun violence is real. People don’t come back. A lack of communication between citizens and policemen is real stuff. Disrespect is real stuff. We have a marriage of people of various cultures coming together. It’s not a joke. It’s real. So if we don’t prepare this nation for the positive of what we have been promised, then we’ll never see it. And to me, the only way we can get there is to vote for Madam President Clinton.

DJ ENVY: Absolutely.

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: I have no problem with that.

DJ ENVY: Absolutely. [Applause.]

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: Now, Stevie, we got $40. [Laughter.] Can we get a song?

STEVIE WONDER: You know what? You know what?


DJ ENVY: We got 40.

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: That’s all we got.

STEVIE WONDER: Well, you know what? Why don’t you keep your money. [Laughter.] Keep your money.

DJ ENVY: It’s her birthday, Stevie.

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: It’s her birthday, Mr. Wonder.

[Stevie Wonder performs a song.]


DJ ENVY: There you have it, Stevie Wonder!

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: And that was less awkward than Mary J. Blige singing at you. [Laughter.]

DJ ENVY: Hillary Clinton, we appreciate you for joining us. We look forward to the next time we see you. It’s gonna be in the White House.

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: She’ll be Madam President and we’ll be in the White House.

DJ ENVY: We’ll be in the White House.

HILLARY CLINTON: That’ll be true.

DJ ENVY: We’re holding you to all those promises.

STEVIE WONDER: And I will be doing the show.


ANGELA YEE: With Stevie Wonder.

HILLARY CLINTON: He’s been there before.

STEVIE WONDER: Don’t get too excited because I know that there’ll be a continuation of making the world more accessible for people with disabilities.


DJ ENVY: And speaking of accessible, don’t change your number on us once you become president.

ANGELA YEE: You won’t.

DJ ENVY: Madam Clinton. Madam President.

HILLARY CLINTON: You won’t. You’ll be able to get me.

ANGELA YEE: You don’t have my number anyway. [Laughter.]

DJ ENVY: It’s the Breakfast Club. Good morning. Thank you.

HILLARY CLINTON: You know, we should sit here and let your daughter and all these young people come up and get a picture. How about it?