Clinton Aides “Fucking Ignored Us” Say Sanders Surrogates

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Now that the Clinton campaign is officially over, the shit talking really begins. Just a day after the electoral college made Donald Trump’s presidency a reality, Sanders aides have come forward with information that Clinton aides were less-than-welcoming after the two sides had a post-primary meeting.

Nebraska Democratic Party chair Jane Kleeb, a Sanders supporter, told the Daily Beast that Clinton aides “mocked us, they made fun of us.” “They always had a … model that was supposed to save the day. We were street activists and they don’t get that.”

The sentiments seemed to be the same down the line. Nomiki Konst, a progressive activist who served on the 2016 DNC platform committee, told the Daily Beast that the Clinton campaign “fucking ignored us” in many of the key battleground states—Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin—that Trump would collect on path to a 304-227 electoral college victory.

“We kept saying to each other like, ‘What the fuck, why are they just blowing us off? They need these voters more than anybody,” she said.

This is one of many alleged warnings that activists sent Clinton’s way about Rust Belt voters that went largely ignored, these Rust Belt activists told Mother Jones in November. The point seems particularly relevant when one considers the unions: One Ohio labor leader,  Roland “Butch” Taylor of Mahoning Valley’s local Plumbers & Pipefitters union, recalled a meeting about the prospective benefits of a Clinton presidency for the union wherein he, “got a lot of boos”. “And out of the group, only one person came up and asked me for a T-shirt. Right then and there, I knew something was wrong” he said.

Many Bernie aids are still sore from the revelations of the DNC’s deliberate favoring of Hillary Clinton, including DNC head and Florida representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, which WikiLeaks reported. Donna Brazile was charged with providing Clinton aides with interview questions beforehand, for which she has been less-than-apologetic.

Clinton lost in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan, three key battleground states where the legacy of union involvement in election decisions is still strong . In Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin, Trump won many rural counties that Obama won in 2012.

Many Clinton aides had a different recounting of how those meetings went.

“I think what we took from them on a national message — her tone of ‘our cause is your cause’ at the national convention was the right tone — that really did derive from listening to them in that meeting we had,” said Clinton’s national political director Amanda Rentería. “And in the calls I had with them every other week, we inserted college affordability and climate change at their pushing.”

No telling how long this game of ‘I told you so’ is going to last.

[Salon]

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