• Hillary Comms Director Struggles to Explain Roping Off Reporters

    Hillary Clinton’s communications director Jennifer Palmieri, during a Monday appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, was barraged with questions about the Clinton campaign’s use of a moving rope barrier at a parade to keep the press away.

    “What do you think? Is that future of presidential presence?” asked host Joe Scarborough.

    “What happened here?” added co-host Willie Geist.

    “So I think that, you know, here’s – this is a good time to talk about our theory on press access and the campaign,” Palmieri said .

    “Yes, it is,” Scarborough said as he erupted into laughter.

    “So we’re trying to allow as much access as possible, but my view is it can’t get in the way of her being able to campaign, right?” she continued. “…what we tried here was– you could do a thing where you preset press along the way. And we said, ‘Let’s let them just be open,’ that’s how we did in other parades, and see what happens. I wasn’t there, I saw some press reports that described it as chaotic. And so they put the rope up… so the parade could continue and she could talk to voters.”

    “Can’t you go and put them in the back of an open pickup truck– we used to do that sometimes– and then they roll?” asked former Bush communications chief Nicolle Wallace.

    “Yeah, we don’t have, you know, we don’t have all of the vehicles that you might have in the campaign later date,” Palmieri said.

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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