‘Hot sauce truther’ Trump calls Clinton ‘phony’

April 19, 2016

Hot sauce bottles on display at Hillary Clinton’s Brooklyn headquarters. REUTERS/Jonathan Allen

Things are heating up over hot sauce in the presidential race.

Donald Trump ripped into Hillary Clinton on Tuesday morning during an appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends” show, calling the Democratic presidential candidate “phony” for claiming she carries hot sauce with her at all times.

“She carries hot sauce like I carry hot sauce,” Trump said. “It’s just so phony, it’s so pandering, it’s so terrible.”

The comments left the Clinton camp cold.

“All this means is that in addition to being the original birther, Donald Trump is a hot sauce truther, too,” Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon told Reuters, offering a spicy retort.

But wait, let’s back up: How did we get to talking about hot sauce in the first place?

On Monday, Clinton sat down with “The Breakfast Club,” a New York City morning radio show. When asked, among many other substantive, policy-focused questions, what one item she always has on-hand, Clinton replied “hot sauce.”

Co-host Charlamagne Tha God retorted, “You’re getting in ‘Formation’ right now?” in apparent reference to the Beyonce song “Formation,” which includes the line “I got hot sauce in my bag, swag.”

While the comments struck some as pandering (including, perhaps, co-host Charlamagne Tha God, who responded “people are going to see this and say ‘oh she’s pandering to black people'”), others on social media were quick to point out that Clinton’s fondness for hot sauce goes back many years.

This leaves us with several burning questions, though: Is Ted Cruz a mustard guy? Does Bernie take his fries with ranch?

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