Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government holds a presidential election post-mortem every four years, with the goal of creating history’s first draft of the campaign by bringing in the political operatives who run both major party candidates’ campaigns for a frank discussion. It’s official, the sore losers of the Trump campaign – led by Kellyanne Conway – decided that history’s first draft should be a food fight started by the winners who even post campaign refuse to admit that Trump’s major campaign theme was normalizing white supremacy by showcasing the “white supremacy” academic neo-nazi movement from the pages of Breitbart.
Hillary Clinton’s national communications director Jennifer Palmieri began the exercise by saying directly to Kellyanne Conway’s face, “I would rather lose than win the way you guys did!” The Daily Beast reported the rest of the exchange thusly:
“How exactly did we win, Jenn? How exactly?” Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway fired back, noting that “I have a smile on my face at all times.”
Palmieri proceeded to bash the Trump campaign and its chief executive (and Breitbart News honcho) Stephen K. Bannon as a vehicle and emboldening power for America’s “white supremacists and white nationalists.”
“Are you gonna look me in the face and say I ran a campaign that was a platform for white supremacists?” Conway angrily responded.
Palmieri told her, plainly, yes.
“Are you kidding me?” Conway asked incredulously.
Hillary for America spokeswoman Karen Finney backed up her former colleague, stating that “part of what Donald Trump did in this campaign was to mainstream the white supremacy.”
Shockingly, white nationalist leader Steve Bannon did not take time from his busy schedule preparing to be the highest ranking racist in the White House as Trump’s Senior Advisor. It’s unlikely that Bannon wanted to attend a conference where he’d be asked to explain to his Harvard alma matter why he used the Breitbart media company as America’s top neo-nazi platform. Bannon probably didn’t want to explain all of the illegal Super-PAC payments he received from the Mercer family either, because the Trump campaign never actually paid their own Campaign Chairman.
Most Americans and all Democrats are furious that Donald Trump and the Republican Party spent a year normalizing racism and discrimination in America, resulting in over 800 hate crimes just in the ten days after the election.
However, in Trump’s America nobody has to take the blame for their actions, nobody has to care who is hurt in the name of winning and nobody says they’re sorry, least of all the top campaign officials who own the mess their campaign has made of race relations in this country.
The Trump regime sees racial hate, stochastic terrorism, and violence as the easiest method for them to achieve power, so get used to this kind of mocking, “might makes right,” and American ideals be damned approach to governing America.
Grant Stern is an Editor-At-Large for OccupyDemocrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report. Find out more at grantstern.com.