Democrats were concerned that Hillary Clinton’s campaign was being run by “white boys” but might have been too “intimidated” to directly criticize “Hillaryland,” according to emails published by WikiLeaks on Friday.
In a January 2015 email exchange, Center for American Progress president Neera Tanden told Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta: “I’m not the diversity police but there is grumbling on the 4 white boys running next presidential cycle.”
Several months before the Clinton campaign formally launched in April 2015, media outlets reported (correctly) that “white boys” such as Podesta, Robby Mook (campaign manager), Joel Benenson (pollster), Brian Fallon and Nick Merrill (press secretaries), were expected to assume top roles.
Tanden suggested the campaign hire “some people who look like the rest of America soon.” The email is a slightly different version of one Tanden sent Podesta days earlier complaining about the “terrible” optics of “white dudes running everything.”
Podesta wrote back: “Really, don’t you think I know that?”
Tanden wrote that she wanted to make Podesta aware of the “grumbling I’m hearing” because people might “feel intimidated in making direct comments to Hillaryland.” Because Hillary Clinton and her top allies are notoriously ruthless and vindictive, many Democrats are reluctant to criticize the candidate or do anything that might earn them a spot on Hillary’s “hit list.”
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