Emails released by WikiLeaks show Hillary Clinton’s top aides advised her to joke about the use of her private email server, which she did do during a dinner in August 2015, when she joked about loving Snapchat because “Those messages disappear all by themselves.”
In an email from March, 2015, communications director Jen Palmieri wrote “I wanted to float idea of HRC making a joke about the email situation at the Emily’s List dinner tonight. What do folks think about that?”
Press secretary Nick Merrill replied with “I don’t think it’s nuts if we can come up with the right thing. “But it could also be nuts… ”
Deputy communications director Kristina Schake wrote how the email scandal could be used to get Clinton to crack more jokes.
“I think it would be good for her to show some humor,” she wrote. “This is her crowd so the response would be great. Also Dan [Schwerin] is looking to add more humor overall so more jokes are welcome too.”
Political adviser Mandy Grunwald then brought the rest of the aides back to reality over the scandal when she wrote “We don’t know what’s in the emails, so we are nervous about this. Might get a big laugh tonight and regret it when content of emails is disclosed.”
Strategist Joel Benenson also added, “If we’re worried about equal pay as we were, we should not joke about this.”
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