Bad Blood: Clinton, Trump Campaign Spokeswomen Duke It Out at Forum
The election may be over, but the animosity between Kellyanne Conway and Jennifer Palmieri has clearly not been resolved.
The election may be over, but emotions remain raw as Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway and Hillary Clinton communication director Jennifer Palmieri went at it during a forum at Harvard University Thursday.
The forum, held every four years since 1972, is a respectable look back at the campaigns from both candidates. The confrontation displayed the bitterness between the former election rivals.
In a massive room, the aides of both candidates were seated across from each other and halfway through the three-hour event, the Trump campaign praised top strategist Steve Bannon, which caused Palmieri to lash out.
“If providing a platform for white supremacists makes me a brilliant strategist, a brilliant tactician, I am glad to have lost,” Palmieri said about the controversial Bannon, who was not present at the forum.
She added that she “would rather lose than win the way you guys did.”
"No, you wouldn’t, that’s very clear today," Conway fired back. "No you wouldn’t, respectfully."
The commotion was recorded on audio that was released following the event.
Conway also unleashed at Palmieri saying: “How exactly did [Mr. Trump] win? No, go for it, Jen — how exactly did we win? I’d like to know, because I sacrificed the last four months of my life to do it by looking at the schedule and looking at, yes, the electoral map of 270 because that’s how you win the presidency.
"And we went places, and we were either ignored or mocked — roundly by most of the people in this room — but I have a smile on my face at all times — and we did it by focusing with Steve Bannon and Dave Bossie and everybody you see here.”
She then added that Trump’s campaign “connected with voters.”
Robby Mook, who ran the Clinton campaign chimed in at that point, saying, “I would like to say that Hillary won the popular vote, just a factual point.”
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