Ever wonder why the Russia scandal story became a big deal? According to a book written by Politico editor Jonathan Allen and Amy Parnes, who writes for The Hill, the Clinton campaign hatched the Russia narrative 24 hours after Hillary Clinton’s loss as an excuse for their campaign failure!
The campaign didn’t invent the Russia story, but after the Hillary loss they began an incredible marketing effort with the help of every Democrat and the mainstream media.
The authors of “Shattered” spoke to multiple campaign sources and Clinton campaign staffers, and the section that follows highlights how Clinton’s strategy for explaining her losing the campaign she was supposed to win, the Russia scandal story, was invented in the late night hours by campaign managers John Podesta and Robbie Mook:
On a phone call with a longtime friend a couple of days after the election, Hillary was much less accepting of her defeat. She put a fine point on the factors she believed cost her the presidency: the FBI (Comey), the KGB (the old name for Russia’s intelligence service), and the KKK (the support Trump got from white nationalists).
I’m angry,” Hillary told her friend. And exhausted. After two brutal campaigns against Sanders and Trump, Hillary now had to explain the failure to friends in a seemingly endless round of phone calls. That was taking a toll on her already weary and grief-stricken soul. But mostly, she was mad— mad that she’d lost and that the country would have to endure a Trump presidency.
The authors detail how Clinton went out of her way to pass blame for her stunning loss on “Comey and Russia.”
“She wants to make sure all these narratives get spun the right way,” a longtime Clinton confidant is quoted as saying.
The book further highlights how Clinton’s Russia-blame game was a plan hatched by senior campaign staffers Podesta and Mook “within twenty-four hours” after she conceded:
That strategy had been set within twenty-four hours of her concession speech. Mook and Podesta assembled her communications team at the Brooklyn headquarters to engineer the case that the election wasn’t entirely on the up-and-up. For a couple of hours, with Shake Shack containers littering the room, they went over the script they would pitch to the press and the public. Already, Russian hacking was the centerpiece of the argument.
The Clinton camp settled on a two-pronged plan — pushing the press to cover how “Russian hacking was the major unreported story of the campaign, overshadowed by the contents of stolen emails and Hillary’s own private-server imbroglio,” while “hammering the media for focusing so intently on the investigation into her email, which had created a cloud over her candidacy,” the authors write.
“The press botched the email story for eighteen months,” one person who was part of the strategy is quoted as saying. “Comey obviously screwed us, but the press created the story.”
Sadly this entire Russian story is proof that Vladimir Lenin was correct when he said, ”A lie told often enough becomes the truth.”
Cross-posted at The Lid