It’s almost as if they asked for it.
The Clinton campaign, according to a new book written by New York Times reporter Amy Chozick, wanted then-candidate Donald Trump to run for office. Chozick, who covered former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s run for president, recalled campaign manager Robby Mook “salivated” when Trump spoke during a Republican debate in 2015.
“‘Shhhhh,’ Robby said, practically pressing his nose up to the TV. ‘I’ve gahtz to get me some Trump,'” Chozick wrote, according to the Daily Beast.
Leaders in the Clinton camp reportedly thought Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush were the candidates they had to worry about.
According to the Beast’s Gideon Resnick, who previewed the book, the campaign sought to turn Trump into a “Pied Piper” for the Republican Party.
In a campaign meeting agenda, Mook even asked, “How do we maximize Trump?”
Little did he know that he would be the one to tell his candidate she would lose to the Republican they seemed to bank on not even making it to the general election. Trump went on to dominate Clinton, grabbing 77 more electoral votes than her 227.
On election night, Mook delivered the bad news to Clinton. But at that point, Chozick said, Clinton “didn’t seem all that surprised.”
She seemingly blamed others for her loss, saying, “I knew it. I knew this would happen to me. They were never going to let me be president.”
But Clinton apparently also acknowledged she made a mistake by calling Trump’s supporters “deplorables.”
“I really messed up,” she reportedly told her aides after that speech.