Democrats are coming out of the woodwork to attack Hillary Clinton for blaming her stunning defeat on anyone but herself…
Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton shifted the blame for her 2016 election loss to the Democratic National Committee’s data operation on Wednesday. By Friday, the Democrats’ data gurus were hitting back.
DNC director of data science, Andrew Therriault, tweeted (then deleted) remarks, which blasted Clinton’s accusation as “f—— b——-.”
Clinton told Recode’s Kara Swisher that she inherited “nothing” from the DNC when she became the party’s nominee, and called the DNC’s data operation “mediocre to poor, nonexistent, wrong. I had to inject money into it.”
That drew a sharp rebuke from those most closely involved with the DNC’s data operation. They claim the data was there, but Clinton’s campaign ignored it.
David Radloff, the co-founder of the Democratic data and analytics firm Clarity Campaign Labs, tweeted: “Used DNC data on numerous campaigns this year, well managed, efficient, accurate. Real question is who’s feeding Clinton bad info and why??”
John Hagner, a partner at Clarity, added: “I worked with DNC data every day last cycle, on winning Gov races. It was accurate and up-to-date and I’m grateful for their hard work.”
Tom Bonier, the chief executive officer of TargetSmart, a Democratic voter-targeting firm, said in using the DNC’s data, the Clinton campaign was “absolutely standing on the shoulders of the Obama data juggernaut. There’s just no question.”
In short, what these data specialists argue is that Clinton and her team had all of the tools available to them for a successful campaign. Instead, they chose not to visit critical “blue wall” states like Wisconsin and Michigan, both of which Trump won in 2016.
“[I]t’s absurd to suggest that any Democratic candidate who was using the DNC data in 2016 was inheriting nothing, as Secretary Clinton said,” Bonier added. “What they were inheriting was the best data operation the Democratic Party has ever seen.”
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