Tensions are still flaring!
The entire 2016 election was basically one big sh*t show and after the depressing results, a lot of people are obviously still pretty upset.
Aside from the rioters across the country, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump‘s campaign aides still have A TON of pent up emotions about everything that went down. Luckily for them, on Thursday they got to air their thoughts during a roundtable talk at Harvard which has hosted a talk with the campaign aides after every election since 1972!
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The difference with this particular sit down was it turned into a shouting match between the two parties as they pointed fingers and accused the other of nasty things!
While there was obviously a lot of tension throughout the meeting, tempers seemed to flare mainly between Hillary’s communications director Jennifer Palmieri and Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway when the subject shifted to Steve Bannon!
While the right tried to kiss Bannon’s ass, as he was named Donald’s chief strategist, Palmieri SLAMMED Steve and Donald’s campaign saying:
"If providing a platform for white supremacists makes me a brilliant tactician, I am glad to have lost.
Of course while Palmieri was trying to respond to the Republican’s statements about Bannon, Kellyanne kept rudely interjecting saying things like "that’s just crap". Way to be respectful.
"I am more proud of Hillary Clinton’s alt-right speech than any other moment on the campaign, because she had the courage to stand up. I would rather lose than win the way you guys did."
Kellyanne Conway then proved she too has the temperament of a toddler by immediately blurting out:
"No you wouldn’t. No you wouldn’t."
Things remained heated as Conway went all in saying it was very clear that wasn’t true before adding:
"How exactly did [Mr. Trump] win? No, go for it, Jen — how exactly did we win? I’d like to know, because I sacrificed the last four months of my life to do it."
WOW. Four WHOLE months. That’s almost the same thing as working your ENTIRE life to break through that glass ceiling and help send a positive message to little girls everywhere about equality and stereotypes…
Miz Palmieri then tried to respond — because you know, Kellyanne asked a question — but the Republican wasn’t having ANY of it because the second the Clinton aide opened her mouth, Conway shut her down saying "excuse me." Well, we guess being a rude asshat at least trickles down through the Trump campaign. HA!
Things then got SUPER tense as the campaign manager asked point blank:
"Do you think I ran a campaign where white supremacists had a platform?"
A very heated and shaky Palmieri responded saying:
"You did, Kellyanne. You did."
The conservative thinking woman then fired back saying:
"Do you think you could have just had a decent message for white, working-class voters? How about, it’s Hillary Clinton, she doesn’t connect with people? How about, they have nothing in common with her? How about, she doesn’t have an economic message?"
That’s when Clinton’s chief strategist, Joel Benenson chimed in saying:
"There were dog whistles sent out to people. . . . Look at your rallies. He delivered it."
And as we could have guessed, instead of engaging her opponents with a well thought out, intelligent response, Miz Conway decided to prove how much of an ass she could really be by responding:
"Guys, I can tell you are angry, but wow. Hashtag he’s your president. How’s that? Will you ever accept the election results? Will you tell your protesters that he’s their president, too?"
Of course there were plenty of other heated highlights from the meeting, but another favorite that seemed to sum EVERYTHING up was when Benenson brought up the popular vote versus the electoral college saying:
"You guys won, that’s clear. But let’s be honest. Don’t act as if you have a popular mandate for your message. The fact of the matter is that more Americans voted for Hillary Clinton than for Donald Trump."
Joel’s not wrong, and it’s not like he’s trying to rub their faces in it the popular vote as the strategist admitted they won. However, talking about the popular vote helps open up the discussion to making much needed changes in our country.
Thankfully, Kellyanne responded with a very open-minded and hopeful message as she said… naw we’re just kidding, she was an ass again as she turned to her side and said:
"Hey, guys, we won. You don’t have to respond. He was the better candidate. That’s why he won."
Yup. There’s an opportunity to talk about a much bigger issue that will certainly impact us all in the future, but nope, Trump’s team thinks everyone is just sore losers.
Stay classy, Trump supporters.
Ch-ch-check out the full audio of the interview (below) and skip ahead to the 1:40:00 to mark to hear where things REALLY get heated!