The Clinton campaign worried about Hillary’s lack of “emotional connection” to everyday Americans.
Democratic strategist Steve Hildebrand told Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta that Hillary must “find an emotional connection to regular Americans” in an email released by Wikileaks.
“Hillary has got to get away from Washington speak and begin immediately to find an emotional connection to regular Americans,” Hildebrand lamented. “She needs to have a greater understanding of what people and families are going through every day. And, then she needs to find an emotional connection.”
“This has to turn around now, Her speechwriters, ad writers, communication staff – she and President Clinton – all need to cut Washington rhetoric from their vocabularies and all scripts.”
Podesta generally agreed with Hildebrand, stating he wanted to get the campaign “aiming in the same direction.”
Hildebrand also pointed out that the Clintons “often use language that is for Washington insiders and not for the rest of us out here in America.”
In other words, Hillary is too much of an establishment insider to relate to regular people outside the DC beltway, and it was turning into a problem for the campaign.
Her lack of empathy for everyday Americans would explain why she called half of Donald Trump’s supporters – tens of millions of people – “deplorables.”
“To just be grossly generalistic, you can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables,” Clinton said in Sept. “Right? Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it.”
She even said some of these people were “irredeemable.”
Trump pounced back in response.
“Isn’t it disgraceful that Hillary Clinton makes the worst mistake of the political season and instead of owning up to this grotesque attack on American voters, she tries to turn it around with a pathetic rehash of the words and insults used in her failing campaign?” he replied. “For the first time in a long while, her true feelings came out, showing bigotry and hatred for millions of Americans.”
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