The chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign got upset because the Miss America pageant had so many finalists from former Confederate states, newly-released emails show.
“Do you think it’s weird that of the 15 finalists in Miss America, 10 came from the 11 states of the CSA?” Podesta asked Neera Tanden from the Center for American Progress in a 2015 email. The email is one of several thousand leaked Monday by the online hacktivist group WikiLeaks.
Tanden responded by slamming Miss America’s audience as a bunch of neo-Confederates.
“I would imagine the only people who watch it are from the confederacy and by now they know that so they’ve rigged the thing in their honor,” Tanden said.
In another brief email from August 2015, Podesta took time out of his busy schedule to contact New York Times reporter Barry Bearak and demand that the killer of Cecil the lion be shipped to an African prison.
“As the only person anyone knows who has spent time in a Zimbabwe jail, you should pen an oped calling for his killer’s extradition,” Podesta said. “What an asshole.”
Bearak was notably arrested while attempting to cover Zimbabwe’s 2008 election. Despite working for the Times, he was labeled a phony reporter and spent several days in jail before Zimbabwe’s government yielded to international pressure and released him.
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