The Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics meeting between Donald Trump aides and Hillary Clinton aides was always going to be acrimonious, but the idea was that common ground might be found. Two conclusions might be drawn from the results. One, common ground just doesn’t exist. Or two, it’s too soon. Way too soon. The victory march led by top Trump aide Kellyanne Conway included calling Clinton’s team “bitter” and reminding them they were, as Trump himself would say, “losers.”
Believing Trump energized a racist undercurrent and exploited fear to win, Clinton Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri said: “I would rather lose than win the way you did.” In a sense, that was what the election was about — what lengths would the candidates go to to win? During the campaign, Clinton famously quoted Michelle Obama’s advice that “when they go low, you go high.” Palmieri and company took that advice to heart. The high road did not lead to the Oval Office. Both campaigns agreed on one thing: the media was unfair to their candidate.