New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon has become embroiled in what may be her most significant row to date after footage emerged of her ordering lox, cream cheese and capers on a cinnamon and raisin bagel.
The candidate was at famed Upper West Side food store Zabar’s on Sunday when she placed the controversial food order.
“That’s what I want — a full load with cream cheese,” Nixon told the deli worker preparing her bagel after she was offered tomatoes, onions and capers.
In the video revealed by Gothamist, Nixon then defends her choice to a seemingly horrified bystander.
“Yeah, sweet and salty, you’re right,” says Nixon.
On Monday, Nixon doubled-down on her choice, according to Politico reporter Jimmy Vielkind.
“That’s my go-to,” Nixon said. “It’s not uncooked oatmeal, but it’s pretty delicious. And I say, don’t yuck my yum. Don’t knock it ’til you try it. Sweet and salty, it’s an unbeatable combination.”
On Tuesday Nixon tweeted a further defense of the combination, with a photo depicting the addition of dill to the combination — possibly crossing a line for even her staunchest of defenders.
Yes, I like to eat a Cinnamon Raisin Bagel with… lox, capers, red onions, cream cheese, and tomatoes.
— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) September 11, 2018
On Monday Nixon’s campaign cried foul over a pro-Andrew Cuomo mailer paid for by the Democratic Party that questions her support for Jewish people, with the candidate calling on the governor to apologize to New Yorkers.
Nixon, who has two children being raised in the Jewish faith, called the mailer “dirty, sleazy politics” and said Cuomo’s explanation that he didn’t know about the mailer isn’t believable.
“The idea that they would accuse me of being soft on anti-Semitism is an outrage,” she told Buzzfeed’s news show AM To DM on Monday. “The idea that Andrew Cuomo didn’t know this was happening is completely bogus and I think he actually owes an apology not just to say it was a mistake, but that it’s factually wrong… This is fear-mongering for political gain at its worst.”
The mailer says Nixon opposes funding for Jewish schools, supports “racist, xenophobic” calls to boycott Israel over its treatment of Palestinians and that she has been “silent on the rise of anti-Semitism.”
“With anti-Semitism and bigotry on the rise, we can’t take a chance with inexperienced Cynthia Nixon, who wouldn’t stand strong for our Jewish communities,” the mailer reads.
State Party Executive Director Geoff Berman has called the mailer a “mistake” and offered to use party money to pay for a Nixon mailer of her campaign’s choosing. Nixon says it’s too late to send a mailer and on Sunday suggested that Cuomo instead hold a press conference to apologize.