Everything awful Hillary Clinton’s campaign did in the most recent WikiLeaks batch of emails.
This isn’t the original author, but she handed off her account to me because A) she’s busy, and B) the media is not doing its job. I’ll try to do her proud.
Strap in, this is gonna be fun. So starting off, it’s not WikiLeaks, but you need to watch it:
Hillary’s campaign admits, on 2 separate occasions, that they’re committing election fraud
So far, 2 private videos have been leaked. The first one shows an NYC elections official admitting that people are bussed around to vote multiple times:
And of course, the second, showing a Hillary volunteer openly admitting to ripping up Trump registration forms during a registration drive advertised as non-partisan. (Skip to 3:27)
OK, now that that’s out of the way, let’s move on to the leaks.
Correct The Record is directly cooperating with Clinton’s campaign, in violation of election law
I’m putting this one first because words can’t describe how much I hate those little CTR stinkers. You’ve no doubt seen them crawling inorganically out of the woodwork at every possible opportunity to bully and shout down Clinton detractors, paying off Reddit moderators to ban dissent, sliding forums to make them unusable and generally making the Internet a shittier place to be. Which is why I’d like to take this time to drop all their salaries and contact info right here.
(Also, David Brock, their leader, appear to be pocketing $5,000 of their pay a quarter. after calling them “nerd virgins”, who “never get a drink or get laid” Nice employers you’ve got there!)
Anyhow, what’s important is this email attachment, tied to a routine seating chart. Here are the first few lines:
In May of 2015, CTR separated from its parent organization, American Bridge, and became its own SuperPAC. This structure allows CTR to retain its independence but coordinate directly and strategically with the Hillary campaign.
Nice job admitting to breaking the law, you dips. That’s literally the whole point of “Citizens United”.
Oh, and still don’t believe they’re awful? In the same document they admit to muzzling the press:
And because media relations isn’t just going on the record, some of our [90 operatives across media outlets'] most important work is killing bad stories before they ever get written.
What does it say about a candidate who needs to censor any news about her in order to seem electable?
Huma Abedin is almost certainly selling Hillary’s influence to the highest bidder
In a long email chain, Abedin, discusses renting off a “Friends of Hillary” list, demanding it be discussed off the record:
We should be thoughtful about any group that wants to rent Friend of Hillary list now because there is interest. This is also probably best discussed off email.
No offense, Huma, but “This is also probably best discussed off email.” is advice you should have been taking far more often.
Hillary’s campaign was fed debate questions a day in advance
One day before the CNN Democratic Town Hall, Clinton’s team was sent a question about the death penalty, and discussed a scripted answer to it. Here’s the question emailed a day before:
19 states and the District of Columbia have banned the death penalty. 31 states, including Ohio, still have the death penalty. According to the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, since 1973, 156 people have been on death row and later set free. Since 1976, 1,414 people have been executed in the U.S. That’s 11% of Americans who were sentenced to die, but later exonerated and freed. Should Ohio and the 30 other states join the current list and abolish the death penalty?
And here’s how CNN introduced the question during the debate:
Secretary Clinton, since 1976, we have executed 1,414 people in this country. Since 1973, 156 who were convicted have been exonerated from the death row. This gentleman here is one of them. This is Ricky Jackson, wrongfully convicted of murder in 1975, he spent 39 years in prison. He is undecided. Ricky, what is your question?
Reminder that no one is supposed to have seen the questions except the moderators.
Hillary Clinton chose Tim Kaine as her running mate years ago, and told lobbyists about it
In July of 2015, Podesta received an email concerning UArizona Law and Public Policy professor Bob Glennon, who was quite emphatic about something a little far off in the future:
Won’t stop assuring Sens Brown and Heitkamp (at dinner now) that HRC has personally told Tim Kaine he’s the veep.
To quote the email, “a little unseemly”.
Hillary’s campaign had full veto power over what the New York Times was printing about her
An email sent from New York Times author Mark Leibovich to the Clinton campaign contained pages of unpublished interview transcripts, along with the quote:
These exchanges were pretty interesting…..would love the option to use…
i wanted the option to use all — and you could veto what you didn’t want.
And to think I once respected the Grey Lady’s journalistic integrity. I suppose they’ll always have principled think-pieces about how Trump is a big meanie-pants, articles consisting solely of Tweets and intellectual pieces about how great a journalist you are because you opened a mailbox and made 2 phone calls about a faulty typewriter. How does it feel to be a rag, NYT?
Clinton’s campaign openly trashed Catholics and evangelicals — then tried to change Church doctrine
After top Clinton campaign members shared an email with the following nice things to say about Catholics and Evangelicals:
"I imagine they think it is the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion. Their rich friends wouldn’t understand if they became evangelicals."
"Excellent point. They can throw around “Thomistic” thought and “subsidiarity” and sound sophisticated because no one knows what the hell they’re talking about. Jennifer Palmieri"
Podesta mused about a “Catholic Spring” in the United States, replying to this quote from progressive activist Sandy Newman:
There needs to be a Catholic Spring, in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle ages dictatorship and the beginning of a little democracy and respect for gender equality in the Catholic church.
By saying it was “worth thinking about”, and would have to come “from the bottom up”. (As a personal aside, if the Arab Spring’s effect on Islam is any indication, we might see a return to flagellants or the auto da fé or something.)
Hillary’s campaign colluded with journalists to kneecap Sanders
Brent Budowski, a pundit who frequently appears on MSNBC and has written pieces for The Hill, wrote the following to Hillary campaign chair John Podesta:
[I] am not going to raise this publicly, but one of HRC’s opponents will soon charge that she is running an “imperial campaign.” If it is the right opponent, Democrat or Republican, the charge will resonate.
Ignoring the fact that a member of the media is feeding information likely obtained from other sources to the Clinton campaign, he then goes on to run his stories past the Clinton campaign so they can help make it as pro-Clinton as possible and pressure Elizabeth Warren into a Clinton endorsement.
BTW, I may doing an Elizabeth Warren column soon. If I write that my optimum scenario would be for Elizabeth to ultimately give a big endorsement to HRC and give the keynote speech at the Convention, totally off the record, would that give you a problem? It would be my personal opinion only, but if you have a problem with my suggesting this as my idea, I won’t tell anyone and I won’t include it, deferring to you.
For perspective, this was around the time the campaign was scrambling to answer Warren’s criticism of Hillary helping Wall Street:
We have a problem. HRC overstayed (sic) her case this morning in a pretty big way. Marcia, Judy and I have been figuring out what we could say that doesn’t contradict their 2001 statement.
Hillary’s campaign probably had a mole in the Biden camp
Ron Klain, Biden’s chief of staff, wrote the following to Podesta:
It’s been a little hard for me to play such a role in the Biden demise — and I am definitely dead to them — but I’m glad to be on Team HRC, and glad that she had a great debate last night. Thanks John.
Note that Klain seemed to have no connection to the Clinton campaign at this time.
Clinton’s campaign worked with the DNC to rig debate entry requirements
Buried in what looks like an innocuous email chain negotiating debate formats, which all campaigns do, is the following quote:
…to eliminate the possibility of one on one debates; the most likely standard that would achieve this result is to allow any announced candidate who is: 1) a Democrat and, 2) who meets some threshold of viability (1 percent) in either a national or state specific (e.g. Iowa, NH) to participate.
This isn’t just negotiating formats; this is asking the DNC to manipulate entry criteria to shield Hillary from too much scrutiny.
Bonus: Hillary doesn’t write her own Tweets
Yeah, yeah, I know we all knew this already, but next time someone brings up “delete your account”, just respond with email #5479.
OK, I’m done. That’s enough nastiness to soft through for one morning. Thanks for reading!