Yvette Clarke’s spokeswoman says the Colbert appearance was supposed to be funny

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A spokeswoman for Rep. Yvette Clarke said despite her boss' confused-looking comments on "The Colbert Report" last night, the Democratic lawmaker knows very well that slavery was abolished well before 1898, when Brooklyn became part of New York City.

"She does know the actual timeline of that period and when slavery was abolished," the spokeswoman for Clarke told me.

"It's supposed to be a ha-ha moment. Some people understood, some people didn't. Everyone has their own interpretation about her performance on the show."

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