MSNBC host Terry Towles explains how the Clintons got their way in the 2016 presidential race.
The former president’s aides sought to undermine his campaign with a series of controversial phone calls, a leaked email and other actions, and they were aided by the media.
“We got to the point where we could do it without having to worry about the repercussions for our actions,” President Clinton told the press on Jan. 6, 2020.
“It was not like we were just going to keep on doing the same thing.”
The emails released Friday showed the Clintons sought to portray their 2016 campaign as a victory for working-class Americans.
“This election was about our working- and middle-class families,” Clinton wrote in a May 27, 2020, email to top aide Huma Abedin.
“I was proud to say that we had won for the first time in 25 years, and I was thrilled to see our progressive, populist agenda being supported by millions of Americans.”
But the campaign’s success was not assured.
“As soon as the first calls were made, the response was overwhelming,” said Towles.
“Within hours of being on the phone with President Trump, he was on Twitter.
He was on Facebook.
He had a thousand followers.
People were going crazy.
So it was a very good moment for the campaign.”
Towles said he was surprised that the Clinton campaign had continued to press the Clintons to defend the actions of their 2016 presidential campaign, despite having learned that Trump’s campaign was using similar tactics.
“They just kept digging and digging,” Towles told MSNBC’s “Hardball.”
Towles, who served as a White House correspondent for the Associated Press, said he did not expect to see the same level of pushback from the Clintons. “
Towles added that the former president and first lady were both on the campaign trail to support Clinton in 2020.
“And they were on the right side of the issues. “
That’s why it’s interesting to watch now,” Towels said.
“And they were on the right side of the issues.
They were fighting back, they were fighting to get back on the ground in this country.”