The Democratic Party has a long-term plan to undermine the Republican Party as bigoted and extreme, including promoting a Donald Trump candidacy.
According to leaked emails released by Wikileaks, the Clinton campaign saw the value in branding the opposing party as radical and bigoted in order to make the Democrats seem like the reasonable alternative. Part of that strategy included elevating more outspoken candidates like Donald Trump during the Republican primary in order to enforce that narrative.
In an email to campaign staff, Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, outlined the party’s greater strategy:
“I think we should just be clear about exactly what news we want to make. Personally, I think branding the GOP as bigoted and extreme is more in line with our bigger picture, long term goals, so I would favor sticking with asking why they didn’t speak out against what [sic] trump.”
Backed by the media, the Democrat master plan largely worked
So far, the scheme to showcase the GOP’s most unsavory elements and use them to coast to an easy victory has worked. Leaked emails show that the Democratic Party identified the most “extreme” candidates early on, including Trump as well as Ted Cruz and Ben Carson, and sought to lift them up as representatives of their party at large, while they marginalized candidates like Rand Paul who would disrupt the bigotry narrative. With Trump securing the nomination, the Democrats had their dream opponent.
In the meantime, the media has largely been complicit in helping Clinton secure more favorable coverage, as leaked emails show. News correspondents frequently emailed campaign staff to coordinate the release of news stories that could possibly be damaging.
Julian Assange favorite Rand Paul didn’t stand a chance
While the emails disclosed by Wikileaks do tend to give a relative electoral advantage to Donald Trump, founder Julian Assange is not primarily interested in helping his campaign, famously comparing Trump to cholera. For years now, Assange has maintained his admiration for Ron Paul as well as his son Rand, whose efforts in the legislature to safeguard the right to privacy of Americans has not gone unnoticed. Unfortunately, after a poor showing in the Iowa caucuses early in the Republican primary, Rand Paul dropped out of the race.