- The Washington Times - Friday, December 2, 2016

A discussion held Thursday between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s top aides turned heated after Mrs. Clinton’s communications director blamed the president-elect with amplifying the ideologies of white supremacists.

Clinton staffer Jennifer Palmieri made the accusation while addressing Mr. Trump’s closest advisers during a post-election forum Thursday evening at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

“The platform that they gave to white supremacists, to white nationalists, is a very, very important moment in our history,” Ms. Palmieri said at one point during the event. “I think as his presidency moves forward, I am going to be very proud to have been part of the campaign that tried to stop it.”

“Do you think I ran a campaign where white supremacists had a platform?” responded Kellyanne Conway, Mr. Trump’s campaign manager.

“You did, Kellyanne. You did,” Ms. Palmieri replied.

Firing back during an appearance Friday on “CBS This Morning,” Ms. Conway said it was “unfortunate” that one of Mrs. Clinton’s aides believes the president-elect’s campaign gave credence to pro-white ideologies.

“Well, it’s not a fact. It’s just completely false,” Ms. Conway said of the claim.

Ms. Palmieri’s remark Thursday evening occurred after David Bossie, Mr. Trump’s deputy campaign manager, applauded the president-elect’s decision to appoint Breitbart chairman Steve Bannon to his administration.

“The guy is an unbelievably brilliant strategist who is brilliant, a terrific guy who … has a Harvard pedigree and is getting attacked by people who have no idea who he is,” Mr. Bossie said, CBS reported

“If providing a platform for white supremacists makes me a brilliant strategist, a brilliant tactician, I am glad to have lost,” Ms. Palmieri said in response.

Mr. Bannon has repeatedly been accused of using the Breitbart website to amplify anti-Semitism and other ideologies touted by white supremacists and the so-called “alt-right.”

“If I thought he was a racist or alt-right or any of the things, the terms we could use, I wouldn’t even think about hiring him,” Mr. Trump said last month.

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