Campaign staff who worked for Hillary Clinton met staff who worked for Donald Trump at Harvard University on Thursday in a recurring election dissection conference.
As usual if the American white voter expresses his or her economic interests, he’s slandered as a racist by Democrats.
That message didn’t win in 2016. It’s increasingly less likely to win in the future, if nonwhite immigration is curtailed to a significant degree.
The blame game at the conference covered a lot of ground. This except just covers the exchange over Trump’s appeal to so-called racists.
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The raw, lingering emotion of the 2016 presidential campaign erupted into a shouting match here Thursday as top strategists of Hillary Clinton’s campaign accused their Republican counterparts of fueling and legitimizing racism to elect Donald Trump.
Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s campaign manager, fumed: “Do you think I ran a campaign where white supremacists had a platform?”
“You did, Kellyanne. You did,” interjected Palmieri, who choked up at various points of the session.
“Do you think you could have just had a decent message for white, working-class voters?” Conway asked. “How about, it’s Hillary Clinton, she doesn’t connect with people? How about, they have nothing in common with her? How about, she doesn’t have an economic message?”
Joel Benenson, Clinton’s chief strategist, piled on: “There were dog whistles sent out to people. . . . Look at your rallies. He delivered it.”
At which point, Conway accused Clinton’s team of being sore losers. “Guys, I can tell you are angry, but wow,” she said. “Hashtag he’s your president. How’s that? Will you ever accept the election results? Will you tell your protesters that he’s their president, too?”
The session was part of a two-day forum that the school’s Institute of Politics has sponsored in the wake of every presidential election since 1972. It gathers operatives from nearly all of the primary and general election campaigns, as well as a large contingent of journalists, with the stated goal of beginning to compile a historical record.
The Clinton people, associated with a high-profile losing campaign, were probably expecting to be moving into the White House in various roles. Instead, they’re shopping their resumes.
In reading the whole article, one thing that I noticed was missing in the reporting was the hostility of the press being mentioned at the conference. WaPo and owner (((Jeff Bezos))), along with most other newspapers, lied repeatedly about Trump, smearing him again and again. I wonder if that subject came up at the conference. I’m guessing it did, but WaPo deliberately left it out.