Hillary Clinton’s inner circle is not happy about the release of a new book alleging her failed presidential run was plagued from the get-go by infighting, pessimism and chronic dysfunction.
Staffers and confidants have pushed back on the book, “Shattered,” with a counter-narrative alleging that, actually, the 2016 Clinton campaign was great fun.
“I feel so lucky to have worked for the right candidate — a woman who still inspires us — with an amazing group of talented true believers,” the campaign’s deputy communications director, Christina Reynolds, wrote in a blog post. “I hope that no book, no impugned motives, no stories about staff bickering takes that away from any of those amazing coworkers. In the end, I’m still very proud to be with her. And with them.”
However, the tell-all book paints the former secretary of state’s 2016 campaign in a very different, and unflattering, light.
The authors, political reporters Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, go through the blow-by-blow of the campaign, cataloging each reported misstep and miscalculation in an attempt to figure out how a longtime professional politician managed to lose to an inexperienced and disorganized former game show host.
What they found were dozens of anonymous sources reportedly inside the Clinton camp who alleged the campaign was an unmitigated disaster from start to finish.
However, some former staffers dispute this characterization, and maintain the election was actually a joyous and fulfilling experience. There was much merriment, they say, and they even have the photos to prove it.
Take, for example, that time Clinton watched baseball on her phone, longtime confidant Philippe Reines tweeted Wednesday.
Then there was that time there was a birthday celebration, Clinton press secretary Nick Merrill tweeted.
Can’t possibly forget the time Clinton campaign staffers took a photo of themselves in that one place, former Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri noted.