May 5, 2016

Clinton Chief Strategist Contradicts Clinton, Insults Bernie, All In Under One Minute

Clinton campaign chief strategist Joel Benenson went way off-message during an appearance on CNN this morning. For weeks, Hillary Clinton and her surrogates have been very careful not to say the Democratic contest was over.

Benenson exploded that practice, stating clearly that Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee, and has been for “several weeks”:

“I think most experts acknowledged several weeks before last Tuesday that Hillary Clinton had secured the nomination, that we had piled up an insurmountable lead in pledged delegates.

With those words, Clinton’s chief strategist contradicted Clinton, who had said something very different not 24 hours ago. Speaking on the same network, Hillary Clinton stated very clearly that she does not call herself the the presumptive nominee:

“‘I’m not calling myself that (the presumptive nominee),’ Clinton said. ‘I know there are some contests ahead and I respect Sen. Sanders and whatever choices he’s making. And I have a lot of empathy about this, Anderson. You know, I ran to the very end in 2008.”

Additionally, Benenson’s words could also have damaged any future relations with Bernie Sanders and his supporters. That’s because Benenson let slip how he really feels about Sanders staying in the race. In the span of 20 seconds, Benenson call Sanders’ campaign erratic and delusional in their continued pursuit of victory:

“The math is the math. Everyday there’s another construction from the Sanders campaign about, oh, how this person gonna switch, we’re going to get more pledged delegates. We’re gonna get superdelegates. Those are people grasping at answers that aren’t real for them at this moment.”