The campaign managers for Republican President-elect Donald Trump and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton sat down on Thursday and gave their opinions on the election at a forum at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
At the forum Hillary Clinton’s senior campaign team accused Donald Trump’s strategists of employing appeals to white supremacists to win the election.
“The platform that they gave to white supremacists, to white nationalists, is a very, very important moment in our history,” said Jennifer Palmieri, Clinton’s communications director.
“Do you think I ran a campaign where white supremacists had a platform?” challenged Kellyanne Conway, Mr. Trump’s campaign manager.
“You did, Kellyanne. You did,” Palmieri said.
“There were dog whistles sent out to people,” said Joel Benenson, Clinton’s chief strategist.
“I would rather lose than win the way you guys did,” Palmieri said.
Conway went on to reject Benenson’s claim, saying voters cast their ballots for the Republican nominee because of his economic plans and promise to take care of nation’s veterans.
“His closing message was bringing jobs back, which he is in Indiana doing today,” Conway said. Trump hasn’t even taken the office yet and he has already cut a deal with Carrier Corp, where the company has agreed to keep about 800 factory jobs in Indians in return for tax breaks.
Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook then went on to claim that Hillary lost because of FBI Director James Comey, who sent letters to Congress in the waning days of the campaign related to his agency’s examination of Clinton’s email accounts. Without those letters, Mook said, Clinton would have won.
Mook called the focus on Hillary’s emails the “most over-reported, overhyped, over-litigated stories in the history of American politics.” He also went on to blame Hillary’s loss on the release of hacked Democratic emails in the final weeks of the race.
“We cannot have foreign aggressors intervening in our elections,” Mook said.
When asked about the reports of Russian-backed hacking, Conway said, “We just don’t know it to be true.”
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