It seems that the far-left progressive wing of the Democratic Party does not have a soft spot for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
In new, secret emails obtained by The Hill, progressive pundits slam Clinton for being “too cozy with Wall Street” and not outspoken enough on climate change among other issues. The emails span from over a year time period, beginning in June 2013 and ending in July of this year.
The Hill reviewed hundreds of emails from a progressive members only Google group called the “Gamechanger Salon,” a forum where nearly 1,500 activists, strategists and journalists debate issues and craft messaging campaigns.
The group includes prominent Democrats, Sierra Club officials, journalists who work for The Huffington Post and The Nation magazine, senior union representatives, leaders at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and the president of NARAL.
The liberal and progressive activists projected that the only way to defeat Clinton in the 2016 presidential primary is to put her up against Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), a liberal critic of Wall Street. Here are some snippets of the comments that were sent in the emails:
“[A] Clinton presidency undos [sic] all our progress and returns the financial interests to even more prominence than they currently have,” Melissa Byrne, an activist with the Occupy Wall Street movement, said in a November 2013 email.
“The establishment Dems need to be punished, and the best way for that to happen is for Warren to beat Hillary in the primary on a populist message,” Carl Gibson, a progressive activist and writer for Occupy.com, wrote in one email.
An Occupy Wall Street activist, Melissa Byrne, said in the secret emails that Clinton as president would undo “all our progress and returns the financial interests to even more prominence than they currently have.” Here are more of the emails that The Hill got its hands on:
“The more Progressives I talk to, the more people tell me that they’ll never forgive her for voting for the Iraq War… and won’t even vote for her in the general.”
— Ryan Clayton, progressive commentator and strategist
“Repeat after me: [Hillary] Clinton, like Obama, but unlike DeBlasio, is not actually a progressive. With no serious progressive candidate fighting a primary, we, and the big we of all Democrats, are weaker – not stronger.”
— Charles Lenchner, executive director of Organizing 2.0
“All of a sudden now Hillary Clinton is not progressive enough, too establishment. Well, how else is a woman going to get into the position? Some people are kidding themselves. The double standard is obvious and expected, but let’s not pretend it’s not there.”
— Taylor Marsh, progressive commentator and writer
“The fact that [Hillary] says soothing words to bankers and takes money from them doesn’t make her a monolith or mean that they own her. It’s not a good thing; it’s not a harmless thing; it’s a bad thing; it’s perfectly fine to trash her for it; but it is not an all-determining causation story; it doesn’t mean that they own her and therefore pressure is futile.“
— Robert Naiman, Just Foreign Policy policy director