Democratic National Committee aides and allies rebuked Hillary Clinton for comments blaming the DNC for their data operation during her campaign.
The Democrats need to be focusing on the future, a former DNC aide said in a report by The Hill.
"This is all about the last campaign … what I think Hillary Clinton should be figuring out is how do we empower the DNC to have the best data resources to win races this year, in 2018, and 2020."
"Having hard feelings about the data that you may or may not have received in 2016 ultimately is not the reason why we lost," the aide said.
On Wednesday, Clinton said the DNC had a "mediocre to poor, non-existent, wrong" data operation. "I inherit nothing from the Democratic Party. It was bankrupt, it was on the verge of insolvency, its data was mediocre to poor, non-existent, wrong," Clinton said, according to The Washington Post.
The DNC's director of data science, Andrew Therriault, blasted Clinton's team for ignoring DNC data that said Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania would be close races, the Post reported.
"Her team thought they knew better," Therriault said, noting that those states helped give President Donald Trump his electoral college win.
Tom Bonier, the CEO of TargetSmart, a Democratic voter-targeting operation, rejected Clinton's claims. "It's absurd to suggest that any Democratic candidate who was using the DNC data in 2016 was inheriting nothing, as Secretary Clinton said. What they were inheriting was the best data operation the Democratic Party has ever seen," Bonier said in a Friday CNN report.
A source that was close to the Clinton campaign said the campaign relied too much on data. "The campaign should look internally at its own data problems. It's one of the reasons she lost," the source said, in a report from the Hill.
According to the DNC aide, Clinton needs to move toward the future.
"It's always healthy whether you win or lose to do some introspection on what went right and what went wrong. That's fine. It may be cathartic. But it doesn't help the party win races," the aide said.
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