Democrats are not pleased with Hillary Clinton’s recent assertion that the Democratic National Committee shares responsibility for her loss to President Trump in the 2016 presidential election.
The Hill reported that “Allies of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in particular were incensed by Clinton’s criticism of the party apparatus, saying she mischaracterized the committee’s work while needlessly stoking internal divisions.”
A former DNC aide said:
“This is all about the last campaign. And really, what Democrats should be focusing on, and what I think Hillary Clinton should be figuring out, is how do we empower the DNC to have the best data resources to win races this year, in 2018 and 2020. Having hard feelings about the data that you may or may not have received in 2016 ultimately is not the reason why we lost.”
Clinton blindsided Democrats on Wednesday when she contended that, after becoming the Democratic nominee, she inherited “nothing” from a “bankrupt” DNC.
Despite evidence that the committee favored her during the hotly contested primary campaign against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Clinton accused the DNC of having a “mediocre to poor, non-existent, wrong” data operation.
Clinton’s comments were also viewed as a condemnation of former President Obama, who selected the DNC leaders during his administration.
Andrew Therriault, who was employed until last June as the DNC’s director of data science, posted a series of tweets asserting that Clinton’s claims were “f***ing bulls***.” The tweets have since been deleted.
According to Therriault, Clinton’s team ignored data provided by the DNC that warned of close races in the Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania—states that Trump won by narrow margins, garnering him his Electoral College victory.
“All that said, irony of her bashing DNC data: *our* models never had mi/wi/pa looking even close to safe. Her team thought they knew better,” Therriault tweeted.
Tom Bonier, CEO of TargetSmart, a data firm retained by many Democratic clients, contended that, in 2016, the DNC had “the most robust data operation the DNC has ever seen.”
Bonier also posted a series of tweets, pointing out that “the Clinton team was using DNC data throughout the primary. If it was that bad, they knew that for 2 yrs but did nothing.”
Democrats are questioning the usefulness of Clinton’s continuous litigation of the election as they seek new leadership in the party.
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