Clinton Operative Calls Out Trump Campaign's White Supremacist Undercurrent - Kellyanne Conway Whitewashes It
Three weeks after the election, top staffers from Hillary Clinton's and Donald Trump's presidential campaigns met at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government to discuss the campaign. This meeting is usually a cordial discussion that eases partisan tensions, but after this year's particularly contentious election, that is not how it went down.
The two groups sat around a conference table as tensions ran high. Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri got straight to it by bringing up Steve Bannon's despicable influence as Trump campaign strategist and now potential administration appointee.
"If providing a platform for white supremacists makes me a brilliant tactician, I am proud to have lost," she told the glowing Trump team.
Bannon formerly oversaw Breitbart, a next-generation white supremacist publication.
"I would rather lose than win the way you guys did," Palmieri stated firmly.
"Do you think I ran a campaign where white supremacists had a platform?" Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway asked, fuming.
But Palmieri was not backing down.
"You did, Kellyanne. You did," she told Conway.
Conway then diverted the arguement.
"Do you think you could have just had a decent message for white working-class voters?" Conway asked rhetorically. "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, then interjected: "There were dog-whistles sent out to people....Look at your rallies. He delivered it."
Conway dodged the accusation, calling on the Clinton campaign to move on.
"Guys, I can tell you are angry, but wow," Conway 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 following day, Conway described the Clinton campaign's confrontation as "unfortunate."
"It was very spirited and obviously some of these feelings are still raw," she said of the Harvard discussion.
Conway also insisted that Palmieri's statement about white supremacy and the Trump campaign was "completely false."