Another attack on the Trump presidency is turning into an embarrassment for Democrats.
Since The New York Times report on Saturday that a company with ties to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign had mined the personal information of millions of Facebook users, the media and Capitol Hill have been filled with more accusations about undercover help Trump got before the 2016 vote.
But internal Hillary Clinton campaign emails being published by WikiLeaks show the real scandal is just starting to come out – and the real villains are Democrats and the Hillary campaign, again.
Since the reports about the Trump-linked Cambridge Analytica first appeared, reports have already surfaced that Facebook allowed the Barack Obama re-election campaign wide access to user data back in 2012.
But emails released by WikiLeaks show just how closely Facebook was working with the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2016.
An email exchange between Clinton campaign manager John Podesta and Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, makes it clear the two were political soulmates, dedicated to a Hillary Clinton victory.
“Wishing you a happy new year,” Podesta wrote on Jan. 2, 2016. “2015 was challenging, but we ended in a good place thanks to your help and support. Look forward to working with you to help elect the first woman president of the United States.” (emphasis added)
That might have been a form letter Podesta sent to anyone with an email address on file with Hillary’s campaign. But this is the chief operations officer of Facebook. Imagine if Democrats could find an email from the Trump campaign thanking a heavy-hitter like Sandberg “for your help and support.”
Sandberg’s response was definitely not a form letter.
“I am thrilled at the progress Hillary is making,” Sandberg wrote. “… Onward to a new year and hopefully health and happiness for you and your family.”
Previous emails between the two also show this was not merely a polite exchange between acquaintances. WikiLeaks released a lengthy August 2015 email from Sandberg to Podesta proposing a meeting between Podesta and Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
“He wants to meet folks who can inform his understanding about effective political operations to advance public policy goals on social oriented objectives (like immigration, education or basic scientific research),” Sandberg wrote.
(Meanwhile, according to The Hill, lawmakers from both parties want Zuckerberg to appear to answer questions about the 2016 campaign. It’s a good chance some of those questions won’t be what Democrats are expecting.)
“And I still want HRC to win badly,” Steinberg wrote. “I am still here to help as I can. She came over and was magical with my kids.”
That’s in response to a note of condolence? Clearly, Steinberg wasn’t letting a little thing like the death of her spouse diminish her passion for politics.
Here’s the thing. So many attacks against Donald Trump and his administration have been turned back on the Democrats that they look like fools for trying.
When the website BuzzFeed published the “Trump dossier” in its entirety even before the inauguration, Democrats and the media hoped it would destroy Trump’s nascent presideny. Instead, the country learned what the Clinton campaign was capable of.
Russia collusion? Not a shred of evidence against Team Trump has become public, but boy did we learn a lot about how Hillary sold out the country with that Uranium One deal.
Trump is accused of attacking the FBI and politicizing law enforcement? Turns out the FBI and the Justice Department were lying to federal judges to obtain surveillance warrants for a Trump campaign volunteer that could well have let the Obama administration spy on the Trump campaign itself.
Now, the media narrative appears to be shifting in the direction that Facebook was in cahoots with the Trump campaign because its users’ data was mined by a company with ties to Trump, and this is somehow wrong.
But the leaked documents show Facebook was in bed with the Clinton campaign going back to when she was still stealing the nomination from Vermont socialist Bernie Sanders.
Really, you’d think they’d have stopped trying by now. The real story behind Facebook and the Clinton campaign is coming out, which will make the Cambridge Analytica story just another media narrative that’s been destroyed. But America started catching on a long time ago.
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