Rumors have long swirled that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has been a nightmare to work for ever since her time as First Lady. Now, a new tell-all book by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes called “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign” appears to confirm those rumors as painfully true, at least for Clinton’s unfortunate campaign staffers.
In an excerpt posted to The Hill, Allen and Parnes recall the aftermath of the Democratic primary race in Michigan, where Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ upstart campaign managed to trump Clinton’s well-oiled machine and eke out a two-point victory, even though polls consistently showed Clinton several points ahead.
Clinton allegedly sat down with Jake Sullivan, “her de facto chief strategist,” and had a biting back-and-forth about her most recent debate performance that saw her adopt a mocking tone as Sullivan attempted to coach her.
“The comment was pointed and sarcastic, but she meant it. So for the next 30 minutes, there he was, pretending to be Hillary while she critiqued his performance,” the book reads.
Clinton was apparently on the warpath that night, tearing into any and all staffers within earshot as she demanded answers as to why she didn’t clean up in Michigan even though she should have won. To placate her, campaign manager Robby Mook had to set up a conference call “so that Hillary could vent,” but the move only “left her more perplexed and angry.”
At the heart of the matter, write Allen and Parnes, is the fact that Clinton’s entire campaign strategy was to pass the buck for her failures to her campaign aides and consultants. Prodded along by her husband Bill Clinton, she was in a “state of denial,” one that Bill and Hillary both stoked by screaming at their mortified staffers.