Desperate Clinton Team Blames James Comey (oh, and Racism) for Trump's Victory
"Are you going to look me in the face and say I provided a platform for white supremacists?" asked Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway, incredulously. Finney and Clinton adviser Jennifer Palmieri reportedly nodded, looking her in the eyes and saying, "Yes."
"I would rather lose than win the way you did," Palmieri added.
"You guys are pathetic," Trump adviser David Bossie shot back, attacking their smear campaign against Bannon.
Advisers to both campaigns did agree on one thing, though: the media was unfair to their candidate.
Clinton advisers argued there was an unfair "double standard" for Clinton because of her gender, CNN reported. But former Trump Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski attacked the media, saying, "You guys took everything Donald Trump said so literally. The American people didn't. They understood it."
"They understood sometimes when you have a conversation with people, whether it's around the dinner table or at a bar, you're going to say things and sometimes you don't have all the facts to back it up," Lewandowski explained.
Mook argued that the press often focused on how Clinton delivered her message in a way that they would not have scrutinized if she had been a male candidate. "She's been an uncomfortable presence for a long time," explained Palmieri.
Conway called the Clinton campaign "bitter" and said they had a bad candidate. She challenged the advisers to "accept the results of the election. ... He was the better candidate. That's why we won."
But the Clinton advisers argued that since Trump lost the popular vote, he did not have a mandate to govern.
In the end, it seems this meeting only demonstrated that tensions remain high, and that the divisions in the election are likely to remain with us going into 2017. Donald J. Trump has his work cut out for him -- let's hope he's up to the job.