Progressives angry over revelations in Team Clinton’s e-mails — such as one calling their hero Bernie Sanders “a doofus” — are vowing to use the hacked messages to prevent the Democratic presidential nominee from tilting right after Election Day, it was reported Friday.
In the e-mails, Hillary Clinton and several top advisers describe liberals and their causes as “puritanical,” “pompous,” “naive,” “radical” and “dumb,” calling some “freaks” who need to “get a life.”
The lefties are taking notes and aiming to fire back, Politico reported.
“We were already kind of suspicious of where Hillary’s instincts were, but now we see that she is who we thought she was,” one liberal Democratic operative told the website. “The honeymoon is going to be tight and small and maybe nonexistent.”
The progressives could make Hillary Clinton’s job tougher if she wins because she will need their vocal support when battling hardliners in the GOP if Republicans retain the House.
The private emails released by WikiLeaks include messages to and from top Clintonistas John Podesta, Neera Tanden, Huma Abedin and Jake Sullivan.
Thousands have already been released and Democrats expect a steady stream between now and Election Day.
Progressives are compiling the unflattering e-mails that either mock Sanders or other liberal icons or show that Hillary’s private positions on trade, Wall Street, climate change and energy differ from her more liberal public pronouncements.
Politico reported that they plan to weaponize the material to fight policies or appointments they don’t think toe the ultra-liberal line.
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“Some of the first fights that she is going to be dealing with are going to be personnel fights like about who she’s going to pick for Treasury, Securities and Exchange Commission, Education and Labor, and for regulatory agencies like the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Federal Trade Commission,” one operative said. “Progressives are going to be on guard.”
Sullivan, Clinton’s lead policy adviser at the State Department, is a possible a candidate to become her national security advisor, for example.
The WikiLeaks emails showed he was more of a centrist, including one where he suggested Clinton was more hawkish on aggressive surveillance measures than President Obama.
Tanden, president of the Clinton-friendly think tank Center for American Progress, called herself “a loyal soldier” for Clinton and described some of her own workers as “crazy leftists” after they were critical of the former first lady.
Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager and president of her transition team, was the one who called Sanders “a doofus” for his biting criticism of the Paris climate agreement, which he said didn’t go far enough.
Clinton’s camp told the Politico that they weren’t overly concerned with the leaked e-mails, downplaying their impact and blaming Russia for the theft.
RoseAnn DeMoro, head of the national nurses union, said if legitimate the emails show Clinton’s real feelings about progressives and their causes.
“If the WikiLeaks are accurate, the issues closest to our hearts are probably not ones she will embrace, like single payer,” DeMoro said.
Meanwhile, Fox News reported Friday night that about 1,000 messages between Clinton and Gen. David Petraeus are believed to have been withheld from the trove of e-mails provided by her staff to the State Department in 2014.