Former Democratic National Committee data director Andrew Therriault took to social media to blast Hillary Clinton's assertion that the DNC had been a poor asset for her 2016 presidential campaign. Therriault accused the Clinton campaign of ignoring the DNC's warnings about three states that proved crucial for the election of President Donald Trump.
On May 31, Clinton reflected on her 2016 election loss during an interview at the 2017 Code Conference in California. The former secretary of state asserted that one pivotal factor during the race was that Trump's campaign hugely benefitted from the Republican National Committee's data foundation while her campaign had been hindered by the DNC's resources.
"I set up my campaign and we have our own data operation ... I inherit nothing from the Democratic Party," Clinton said, according to Recode. "I mean it was bankrupt, it was on the verge of insolvency, its data was mediocre to poor, nonexistent, wrong. I had to inject money into it ... the DNC, to keep it going."
Therriault swiftly blasted Clinton's comments in a series of tweets that he later deleted. The missives were preserved by other social media users, the Washington Post reports.
"I'm not willing to let my people be thrown under the bus without a fight," Therriault tweeted out. "DNC data folks: today's accusations are f***ing bulls***, and I hope you understand the good you did despite that nonsense."
Therriault, who left the DNC during the summer of 2016, asserted that his data team tried to warn the Clinton campaign that it was vulnerable in some states that comprised the Democratic "blue wall" -- states widely considered out of Trump's reach.
"All that said, irony of her bashing DNC data: our models never had [Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania] looking even close to safe," Therriault tweeted. "Her team thought they knew better."
While the Clinton campaign did heavily contest Pennsylvania, the former secretary of state rarely visited Michigan or Wisconsin during the late stages of the 2016 election.
In November 2016, Clinton won the national popular vote by approximately 2.8 million individual votes but lost the Electoral College when Trump prevailed in those three Rust Belt states by thin margins. Trump took Pennsylvania by 68,236 votes, Wisconsin by 27,257 votes, and Michigan by just 11,612 votes, according to RealClearPolitics.
TargetSmart CEO Tom Bonier also took issue with Clinton's critique of the DNC, asserting that the fall of the "blue wall" was due to strategy and not data.
"There was absolutely a failure by the campaign," Bonier told The Daily Beast. "That had nothing to do with the data they got. It was about the way they used that data ... Data is a tool for campaigns, not a strategy."