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Faking It! Leaked Emails Prove Clinton Staffers Write Hillary’s Tweets

Hillary Clinton Emails Released Reveals Staff Writes Tweets
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Oct. 14 2016, Updated 6:07 p.m. ET

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Hillary Clinton has slammed Donald Trump for his outrageous tweets, but can reveal that she isn't even writing all of hers!

A cringeworthy email exchange uncovered by in the latest Wikileaks dump shows a committee of Clinton aides painstakingly arguing a hashtag that had been proposed for a Tweet by Clinton.

The chain, from April 2015 begins with Peter Colavito, chief of staff at the SEIU (Service Employees International Union), writing to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, “We are really hoping the Secretary will react, through social media or however you see fit, to the incredible day of action that just kicked off to spotlight the crisis of underpaid work in the economy.”

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The email was sent during the “Fight for 15” in which domestic workers rallied to demand a federal minimum wage of $15 an hour, sparking a thread within the Clinton campaign that tried to come up with the best possible tweet to address the issue.

Clinton’s digital director, Katie Dowd wrote a draft: “Team - how is this? Every American deserves a fair shot at success with a true living wage. I stand with fast food workers in the #fightfor15. —H”

But it took several more emails to settle on 140 characters or less.

“I'm worried it is too strong. Don't want her to come out for $15 at this stage,” another staffer wrote. “Instead of standing with them, better to applaud them? How about: Every American deserves a fair shot at success with a true living wage. I applaud fast food workers in their #fightfor15. —H”

It’s likely no surprise that some politicians don’t always write their own tweets, but as the message was clearly signed "H," does that constitute intentional subterfuge?

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Beyond that murky issue, the email chain sheds light on an even more controversial revelation: Clinton is not fully on board with the $15 federal minimum wage goal that is part of the DNC platform.

New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio sent an email to Clinton advisor Neera Tanden and Podesta in early April 2015, asking if Clinton’s campaign would agree with some of his income inequality plans, one of which was the $15 federal minimum wage.

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Tanden advised against it, writing, “Substantively, we have not supported $15 — you will get a fair number of liberal economists who will say it will lose jobs,” and "Most of rest seems fine (obviously trade sticks out). Politically, we are not getting any pressure to join this from our end. I leave it to you guys to judge what that means for you. But I’m not sweating it."

Only two weeks later, thousands of U.S. workers demanded $15 an hour minimum wage. “Some 60,000 workers took part in the Fight for $15 demonstrations, according to the organizers,” The Guardian reported.

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Clinton had opposed a $15 minimum wage throughout her primary, insisting in its place a federal minimum wage of $12 an hour. “However, the $15 minimum wage made it into the Democratic Party’s presidential platform — with the support of Tanden, who was a Clinton appointee to the platform committee,” according to the Intercept.

These emails show her initial uncertainty on the topic, however.

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