Wikileaks published thousands of documents Friday, and among the dump were emails purportedly sent between some Democratic National Committee staffers and reporters that reveal members of Team Hillary Clinton are worried their strategy for taking down Republican nominee Donald Trump might only make him stronger:
In one published exchange between DNC spokesman Luis Miranda and treasurer Andrew Tobias, staffers discuss the Clinton campaign’s concern that voters will see Trump as a “viable option.”
“[T]here is a faction within Clinton world that seems to be in the mindset that they can win without anyone else,” Miranda said in an “off the record” email to Tobias on May 22, which laid out what he saw as flaws in Clinton’s logic. “[T]hey’re promoting the idea that the focus should be on showing how Republicans are shunning Trump because he’s so extreme.”
Miranda then made it clear that Clinton’s team didn’t like the DNC’s plan, which was to focus on criticizing and blaming Republicans in Congress. Clinton’s team apparently thought that plan would only help Trump, since it could offer him legitimacy by comparing him to elected officials.
“They worry that our narrative, the points you make about who to blame, make Trump look like everyone else, and thus a viable option,” he wrote.
His comments came after arguing that they should “blame Republicans in Congress for the rise of Trump.”
“[M]ost of the R’s in Congress are more extreme and more dogmatic,” Tobias replied.
It appears that no one — not even professional strategists — can quite figure out The Donald.