The Clinton campaign manager used a historically cordial forum to level accusations at the Trump team that they only won because they ran a campaign that gave a platform to white supremacists and the “alt-right.”
Last night, the two campaign teams attended the Campaign Postmortem held every four years at Harvard’s Kennedy School which, in the past, has always been polite and focused on understanding which strategies worked and which didn’t during the campaign.
The winning team doesn’t usually gloat about their win and the losing staff doesn’t usually go into a full-on, accusatory and insulting meltdown – not so this time.
Clinton campaign chief Jennifer Palmieri turned the evening sour when she told Trump manager Kellyanne Conway that she “would rather lose than win the way you guys did” and Palmieri said that Conway had provided “a platform for white supremacists.”
Conway rebutted by asking Palmieri if she thought perhaps “you could have just had a decent message for the white working-class voters?”
The Clinton team did everything but look inwards to find the reason they lost. Hillary Clinton was a terrible candidate that didn’t relate to working-class people and the issues they face every day, but team Clinton wasn’t about to admit that. In typical liberal form, their failures were someone else’s fault.
Kellyanne tried to explain to Ms. Palmieri that Trump had won because they focused on the electoral map.
“We did it by looking at the schedule and looking at, yes, the electoral map of 270 because that’s how you win the presidency,” Conway said.
Kellyanne explained that they went to places like Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania despite being mocked by media and political experts for going to deep blue states.
Palmieri battled back with the same liberal elitist political correctness that lost them the campaign.
“His [Trump’s] language, his positions, that I believe are at odds with my values, American, of embracing diversity, inclusivity, equality,” Palmieri whined.
Jennifer choked up several times while leveling attacks at Trump and Steve Bannon. She focused on white supremacy, white nationalism, and the alt-right while leveling insulting accusations at the Trump team.
Conway and Bannon tried to focus the conversation on the strategy they used to win, but Clinton’s staff came ready to attack, not share.
Senior Clinton Advisor Karen Finney chimed in with utter disdain for the working class by saying Trump’s campaign brought about “the rise of the alt-right,” and that the President-elect’s real message was that “America is for white people.”
As insulting to working-class people as Finney’s comment is, she’s partially correct. Trump’s message resonated with white, working-class voters who had felt as though both parties had forgotten about them. Every policy discussion, every talking point, every agenda item for the last decade had been about helping everyone but them and about causes that weren’t of their concern.
While Democrats were focusing on Amnesty for illegal aliens, Black Lives Matter, the importation of Muslim refugees, Paris accords, bad trade agreements and placating Iran, Trump reached out to those that work at Carrier and Ford, that weld and assemble, pull coal from the ground and load trains – he had a real message for typical working-class folks.
It wasn’t that Trump made the case that America is now only for white people, but that white, working-class voters should feel like America is, once again, for them too.
If you want to hear the whole bitter, teeth-gnashing, ugly mess, here it is: