“I know how to be a gracious loser,” Jennifer Palmieri declares in opening a Washington Post op-ed. That may be true. But Palmieri, who worked as communications director for Hillary Clinton’s unsuccessful presidential campaign, has determined not to employ such knowledge.
“I could have let it go last week when Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, challenged me to look her in the eye and say she ran a campaign that gave white supremacists a platform,” Palmieri writes. “But I decided this was a year where normal rules don’t apply.”
The exchange with Conway took place at a conference last week, hosted by Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. After hesitating “for a split second,” Palmieri replied: “It did. Kellyanne, it did.” The Post op-ed is an elaboration of that assertion—one that makes clear Palmieri learned nothing from what now appears to have been Mrs. Clinton’s worst error in an error-filled campaign.