Today at Harvard’s “Campaign for President: The Managers Look at 2016, conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts, campaign workers for both Donald Trump’s and Hillary Clinton’s campaign got into a verbal sparring match.
The main fight was between Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway and Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri.
Here is the transcript, from The Daily Beast:
“I would rather lose than win the way you guys did!” Jennifer Palmieri, the communications director for Hillary for America, shot at the Trump team seated a few feet away.
“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.
“You guys are punching down, this is unbelievable,” David Bossie, Trump’s deputy campaign manager, exclaimed.
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 alt-right.”
Conway subsequently told the rival team, “You guys are bitter. We are being very gracious. You’re bitter.”
“You’re not being nice,” Conway told Clinton campaign chief strategist Joel Benenson, after his own censure of the alt-right.
Much of the audience was unimpressed with what was seen as childish behavior fueled by still fresh memories and wounds from a vicious campaign.
Others were more amused.