Louise Mensch, head of the news website Heat Street, pitched a potential campaign advertisement to top members of Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
In an email dated Feb. 14, 2016 — and published by WikiLeaks on Wednesday — Mensch wrote to Hollywood talent agent and Clinton supporter Michael Kives that though she is “a committed Republican,” she would “much rather have your girl Hillary” win the election than Trump.
“Anyway, the politician in me thinks Lena Dunham and Gloria Steinem are nails on a chalkboard to the average American woman, AND I think Hillary is not capitalizing on the yearning that we have to see a woman as President properly [sic],” she continued. “Her competence and intelligence are beyond doubt, her problem is warmth.”
“If I may, here is an ad I would love to see run.”
Kives then forwarded Mensch’s pitch to Clinton campaign manager John Podesta, with the addendum, ” I like this idea (Louise is a former Conservative British MP. Very Smart).”
Clinton’s campaign did not run an exact duplicate of Mensch’s ad, yet they did adopt the idea of showing “a succession of mostly young women.”
Instead, Clinton chose to have the women “one after the other” listen to comments Donald Trump has made about women’s bodies while looking at themselves in the mirror.