If you thought you heard every one of Hillary Clinton’s grandiose conspiracy theories to explain why she lost the 2016 presidential election to President Donald Trump, hang on to your hats because here comes the most outrageous claim that has ever been made. What is most surprising is that the claim came not from her but from former President Bill Clinton.
For a year and a half, the world has been subjected to Hillary’s excuse tour. Galivanting from place to place explaining to her audience, and to herself, how she lost what was supposed to be a gift-wrapped presidential coronation to a newcomer in the world of politics.
From Russians and Facebook to WikiLeaks, former FBI Director James Comey, Twitter bots, and white women who are so attached to their husbands that they vote how they are told, there has been no shortage of outrageous reasons why she believes President Trump defeated her.
We thought we heard everything, but we had not yet heard this doozy from former President Clinton. In a new book titled “Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling,” New York Times reporter Amy Chozick says that the former president believed that The New York Times and President Trump conspired to make him the president.
That’s correct. The same newspaper that bashes President Trump on a daily basis, the same newspaper that President Trump has called fake news and “the failing New York Times” conspired with him to help him defeat the candidate it endorsed and had been campaigning for, for eight years.
“After the election, Bill would spread a more absurd Times conspiracy: The publisher had struck a deal with Trump that we’d destroy Hillary on her emails to help him get elected, if he kept driving traffic and boosting the company’s stock price,” Chozick wrote.
That is tinfoil hat worthy. But, it is not the only wild thing about the Clinton campaign that is discussed in the book. For example, one of the biggest mistakes the Clinton campaign made was seeing President Trump as the candidate who they wanted to win the Republican presidential nomination because they thought he would be the one who would be the simplest to defeat.
“An agenda for an upcoming campaign meeting sent by [Campaign Manager] Robby Mook’s office asked, ‘How do we maximize Trump?’” Chozick wrote. As he surged in the polls the campaign still saw him as more of a threat to Republicans than to the queen herself.
In August 2015, “when the main GOP debate came on, everyone pushed their pizza crust aside and stared transfixed at the TV set… [Campaign Manager] Robby [Mook] salivated when the debate came back on and Trump started to speak. ‘Shhhhh,’ Robby said, practically pressing his nose up to the TV. ‘I’ve gahtz to get me some Trump.’ Robby thought Rubio would be the nominee. Podesta was bullish on Kasich. Bill and Hillary, still stuck in the 1990s, feared the Bush surname most of all,” the story goes. Well, Mook did get some President Trump. He got a lot more than he could handle.
As the conventions approached, the campaign was working on improving Hillary’s negatives and getting people that did not like her to change their minds. “A week earlier, she’d cut off Joel and the pollster John Anzalone, as they walked her through the almost daily reminder that half the country disliked her,” Chozick wrote.
“You know, I am getting pretty tired of hearing about how nobody likes me,” Chozick remembered Hillary saying. “Oh, what’s the point? They’re never going to like me.”
One of her regrets was calling President Trump supporters a group of “deplorables.” “‘I really messed up,’ she told her aides,” Chozick wrote. But, nothing compared to the fear her staff had of telling her when there was no chance she could defeat President Trump on Election Night.
“Of all the Brooklyn aides, Jen Palmieri had the most pleasant bedside manner,” Chozick wrote. “That made her the designated deliverer of bad news to Hillary. But not this time. She told Robby there was no way she was going to tell Hillary she couldn’t win. That’s when Robby, drained and deflated, watching the results with his team in a room down the hall from Hillary’s suite, labored into the hallway of the Peninsula to break the news. Hillary didn’t seem all that surprised. ‘I knew it. I knew this would happen to me….’ Hillary said, now within a couple of inches of his face. ‘They were never going to let me be president.’”
“They” wouldn’t let her become president. Who is they? The Russians? Mark Zuckerberg? The bots? James Comey? The New York Times? Or, it could be the voices in her head. Whoever they are, its time for Hillary to move on. “We the People” — not “they” — have spoken.