Jennifer Palmieri “choked up at various points of the session” according to WaPo…
At a quadrennial gathering of presidential campaign staffers at Harvard University, Clinton Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri “choked up” repeatedly during the discussion, which included a “shouting match” between the Clinton and Trump campaign staffers.
According to the Washington Post, Palmieri and Trump Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway argued about his campaign appealing to white supremacists.
Stopping short of calling Trump supporters racists, Palmieri and Clinton pollster Joel Benenson indicated they believed the Trump used “dog whistles” to garner support and defeat Clinton.
Conway defended the Trump campaign from charges of racism and pointed out Clinton’s numerous flaws as a candidate and campaign.
Below is the read out from the Washington Post:
Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri condemned Bannon, who previously ran Breitbart, a news site popular with the alt-right, a small movement known for espousing racist views.
“If providing a platform for white supremacists makes me a brilliant tactician, I am proud to have lost,” she said. “I would rather lose than win the way you guys did.”
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 continued. “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?”
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