The brutal details of how a failing Hillary Clinton derided her team have been laid bare in a new book appropriately titled “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign.”
The book, written by Bloomberg News reporter Jonathan Allen and The Hill’s Amie Parnes, covers the campaign from sure fire front-runner to Clinton’s defeat in one of the most stunning upsets in American political history.
In one excerpt from the book, that is due to be released on Tuesday, the authors reported on a story out of the Clinton camp following her loss to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Michigan primary that showed how verbally abusive she was to her staff via The Hill.
She’d been humiliated in the Michigan primary the night before, a loss that not only robbed her of a prime opportunity to put Bernie Sanders down for good but also exposed several of her weaknesses. How could she have been left so vulnerable? She knew — or at least she thought she did. The blame belonged to her campaign team, she believed, for failing to hone her message, energize important constituencies and take care of business in getting voters to the polls. And now, Jake Sullivan, her de facto chief strategist, was giving her lip about the last answer she’d delivered in the prep session.
Sullivan told Clinton that one of her answers was “not very good.”
“Really?” Clinton fired back at him. “Why don’t you do it?”
For the next half hour Clinton sat at critiqued Sullivan as he posed as the candidate, chastising him with lines like “that isn’t very good,” or “You can do better,” according to the book.
“She was visibly, unflinchingly pissed off at us as a group,” one Clinton aide who was present, said. “And she let us know she felt that way.”
Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook set up a conference call to allow the candidate to blow off some steam, but, according to the authors, that didn’t work either.
Clinton blamed everything from her polling her travel schedule, campaign aides and the media, all while ignoring th actual problem, the authors wrote.
In her ear the whole time, spurring her on to cast blame on others and never admit to anything, was her husband. Neither Clinton could accept the simple fact that Hillary had hamstrung her own campaign and dealt the most serious blow to her own presidential aspirations.
In the midst of her crisis over her private email server the campaign aides were called by both Clintons where former President Bill Clinton laced into the staffers.
You haven’t buried this thing, the ruddy-cheeked former president rasped. You haven’t figured out how to get Hillary’s core message to the voters. This has been dragging on for months, he thundered, and nothing you’ve done has made a damn bit of difference. Voters want to hear about Hillary’s plans for the economy, and you’re not making that happen. Now, do your damn jobs.
“We got an ass-chewing,” one of the participant involved recalled.
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