According to a new book about Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Clinton campaign sought to “maximize” Trump, seemingly identifying him as an easy opponent.
Amy Chozick’s new book, “Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling,” reveals additional information about the 2016 campaign from someone who covered Clinton for a decade.
Chozick claims that the Clinton campaign wanted to elevate Trump when the GOP primary was still packed to the brim with candidate, citing an agenda sent out by campaign manager Robby Mook.
“An agenda for an upcoming campaign meeting sent by Robby Mook’s office asked, ‘How do we maximize Trump?’” Chozick writes.
“Robby salivated when the debate came back on and Trump started to speak,” she continues. “‘Shhhhh,’ Robby said, practically pressing his nose up to the TV. ‘I’ve gahtz to get me some Trump.’”
Of course, that strategy failed miserably, and Clinton was left wondering “What Happened.” But instead of pondering whether it was a mistake to underestimate Trump, Clinton went on to blame racism, sexism, and Russia for her loss.