Leaked email on ‘crushing’ Sanders: ‘Where should we stick the knife in?’

John Podesta, chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign discussed how to “crush” Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic presidential primary according to a newly released hacked email.

Communications strategist Joel Johnson advised Podesta to “crush” Clinton’s Democratic rival in an email released by WikiLeaks from Feb. 21, following Clinton’s Feb. 20 win in the Nevada caucus.

“Bernie needs to be ground to a pulp. We can’t start believing our own primary bullshit. This is no time to run the general. Crush him as hard as you can,” Johnson, lobbyist and a former senior adviser to President Bill Clinton, told Podesta.

“I agree with that in principle,” Podesta replied. “Where would you stick the knife in?”

Johnson responded with a list of examples.

“Obama betrayer (Wh will affirm). Hapless legislator (Senators/members will affirm). False promiser (policy elites will affirm). Can’t win (black people will affirm).”

Johnson’s email, titled “Friendly advice. No mercy,” ended on a lighter note. “Other than that, hope all is well and congrats on Nevada!” he wrote.

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