A memo sent out in April 2015 outlined a strategy to boost "Pied Piper" Republican candidates Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Ben Carson in an effort to force the whole slate of presidential hopefuls to "lock themselves into extreme conservative positions," an email hacked from the account of Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta, reveals.
"Our hope is that the goal of a potential HRC campaign and the DNC would be one-in-the-same: to make whomever the Republicans nominate unpalatable to a majority of the electorate," the email, posted by WikiLeaks, which provided a link to the email on Twitter, shows
The email was sent to Podesta and others involved in the Clinton campaign from the account of firstname.lastname@example.org a possible reference to Marissa Astor, listed on Clinton's campaign outline as a member of her surrogates team, in advance of an upcoming strategy meeting.
The email does not say who wrote the attached memo, which states that most of what was contained in it is "work the DNC is already doing."
The campaign, in the memo, outlines three strategies:
- -Force all Republican candidates to lock themselves into extreme conservative positions that will hurt them in a general election;
- -Undermine any credibility/trust Republican presidential candidates have to make inroads to our coalition or independents;
- -Muddy the waters on any potential attack lodged against HRC.