​"I know they all look alike."


Speaking to Recode's Kara Swisher during an event over the weekend, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made an apparently racial joke about her interviewer mixing up New Jersey Sen. Corey Booker and former Attorney General Eric Holder, both black men.


"What do you think of Cory Booker saying, ‘Kick them in the shins’?" Swisher asked, to which Clinton replied, "That was Eric Holder." 

"I know they all look alike," the former Democratic presidential nominee added.


Clinton's comment drew accusations of racism from some conservatives. Even more attacked the media reaction (or relative lack thereof) to her remarks, arguing that a Republican would have been devastated politically had he or she made a similar comment.

But there were those pundits on the right who, while not denying that a double standard may exist, came to Clinton's defense. 

Many on the right feel American culture has become fraught with the over-policing of public figures' remarks and tweets -- especially if they happen to be conservatives or Republicans -- for any hint of language that runs counter to politically correct orthodoxy.


Meanwhile those on the left often accuse conservatives, particularly in the age of Trump, of employing dog-whistles or blatantly racist language in the name of free speech.