New York Post
Hillary Clinton’s campaign planned to praise House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republicans at odds with Donald Trump, but Democratic officials balked at the idea, arguing that it would damage the party’s other candidates.
A leaked e-mail reveals that the Democratic National Committee’s then-communications chief, Luis Miranda, asked its then-CEO, Amy Dacey, for help to fend off the campaign’s efforts to paint Ryan and others as antithetical to Trump.
The note was among a trove of hacked DNC e-mailsreleased by WikiLeaks.
“Asking state Parties to praise House Republicans like Ryan would be damaging for the Party down ballot,” Miranda said in the e-mail sent May 16, when Ryan was withholding his endorsement of Trump.
“We would basically have to throw out our entire frame that the GOP made Trump through years of divisive and ugly politics. We would have to say that Republicans are reasonable and that the good ones will shun Trump. It just doesn’t work from the Party side.”
Miranda expressed concern that Clinton’s narrative would boost her but hurt Democrats like Sen. Charles Schumer, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
“It might be a good strategy ONLY for Clinton (which I don’t believe),” Miranda wrote.
Dacey replied, “Let me see what I can find out.”
WikiLeaks’ release of nearly 20,000 DNC e-mails has shown that staffers at the supposedly neutral committee openly disdained Bernie Sanders and worked on Clinton’s behalf.
Dacey, Miranda and DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned after the leak. The current DNC leadership, led by Donna Brazile, has apologized.
Ryan endorsed Trump before the Republican National Convention.