The Democratic National Committee earlier this year balked at a plan floated by Hillary Clinton's campaign to separate Donald Trump from other Republicans like House Speaker Paul Ryan and make him appear to be "much worse than regular Republicans," emails released by WikiLeaks show.
The May email exchange between then-DNC communications director Luis Miranda and committee CEO Amy Dacey was sent out with the subject line "Problem with HFA," using an acronym for the Hillary For America campaign, reports The Hill.
The exchange, released earlier this month, is getting new attention after Clinton this week delivered a speech claiming GOP nominee Donald Trump is courting the "alt-Right" side of the Republican Party.
Both Miranda and Dacey resigned their posts in the aftermath of a WikiLeaks email release that resulted in the resignation of Chairman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.
In his email, Miranda complained the Clinton camp wanted the DNC to "basically praise Ryan."
"I pushed back that we cannot have our state parties hold up Paul Ryan as a good example of anything, and that we can't give down ballot Republicans such an easy out," said Miranda. Instead, he argued it would be more damaging to force the GOP to "own Trump."
Separating Trump from other Republicans, he continued, would mean the DNC would have thrown out its whole strategy that the "GOP made Trump through years of divisive and ugly politics."
Also, that would mean the DNC would need to say "Republicans are reasonable and that the good ones will shun Trump. It just doesn't work from the Party side."
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