Former Clinton aide says she’d do ‘an ankle dive at the door’ to stop Hillary running for President again
- Jennifer Palmieri believes a crippled political system prevents female presidents
- She said she’d stop her old boss from running again as she ‘loves’ her too much
- Clinton lost the Democratic nomination in 2008 and the 2016 General Election
Hillary Clinton’s former media strategist has said she would ‘ankle dive’ her old boss if she tried to make a third run at the White House.
Jennifer Palmieri, who served a communications director during the Democratic candidate’s failed 2016 General Election campaign, believes that a crippled political system denied Clinton the presidency and would do so again.
Speaking at the Wrap’s Power Women Breakfast in Washington, the ex-aide said: ‘If Hillary Clinton ran for office again, I would do an ankle dive at the door to not allow her to do it because I love her too much.
Jennifer Palmieri (left) said she would ‘ankle dive’ Hillary Clinton if she tried to make a third run at the White House
Palmieri, who served a communications director during the Democratic candidate’s failed 2016 General Election campaign, believes that a crippled political system denied Clinton the presidency and would do so again
‘I wanted her to be the first woman president, but she’s going to be the woman who showed us that it’s all broken.
‘I feel like that was her mission, as heartbreaking and unfair as it is.’
Palmieri’s implied accusation of misogyny echoes Clinton’s own assessment of her unsuccessful attempt.
Reflecting on her loss, in 2018 Clinton said: ‘Some of it was old-fashioned sexism and the refusal to accept the equality of women, and certainly the equality of women’s leadership.
And yesterday, her ex-aide said: ‘We were jamming her into a suit that wasn’t made for her, trying to prove she could do the job the same way as a man could do it.
Clinton (pictured with campaign press secretary Nick Merrill and communications chief Palmieri) lost the 2016 General Election to Donald Trump
‘When everyone tells you there’s something wrong with your voice, with how you dress, don’t expect to be able to please these people, you’re never going to give them the right answer.’
After first entering the White House as President Bill Clinton’s first lady in 1993, Hillary then served as United States senator for New York before launching her own Oval Office bid.
She sought the Democratic nomination for the 2008 election but was beaten by Barack Obama, later becoming his secretary of state for four years.
In 2016, she secured her party’s backing to contest the presidency against Donald Trump.
Clinton delivers a speech during a rally at Northern Community College in Annandale, Washington a few months before she would go on to lose the campaign
Although Clinton won the popular vote, Trump gained more electoral colleges and therefore pipped her to election victory.
With the 2020 Democratic primary competition in full swing, Clinton has ruled herself out of fighting a third campaign.
In March she said: ‘I’m not running, but I’m going to keep on working and speaking and standing up for what I believe.’
Palmieri’s implied accusation of misogyny echoes Clinton’s own assessment of her unsuccessful attempt