You will never get fired for supporting Hillary
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There have never been two candidates for president so loathed, as Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes The Memo: Democrats confront prospect of long primary Manafort sought to hurt Clinton 2016 campaign efforts in key states: NYT MORE and Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes MORE — they both have their own separate issues. Clinton has the warm embrace of elites and the District of Columbia establishment, while Trump has found the unwavering support of disenchanted middle class Americans.

That juxtaposition is telling, because it drives the behavior of the consultant class. It reminds me of the saying, "you never get fired for buying IBM." Well, you will never get fired for supporting Hillary.

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There is a huge difference for those supporting Trump. The Republican and Democratic establishments have made it clear — if you work for, or support Trump and you are a pariah.

I am on the wrong side of this power dynamic. I am a Democratic consultant with over 120 domestic and international campaigns under my belt. This year I made the careful, but personally damaging decision to flip for Trump.

First, let me say that I have been transitioning out of consulting. I take on projects that interest me, not clients — I need to pay the bills. Most of my days are spent at Fox News, working with technology startups and finding refuge in midtown Manhattan coffee shops. Still before announcing my support for Trump on cable news, my business was successful. However, that changed quickly.

New business dried up and most of my legacy clients had to move on. I understand, it's not personal, it's politics. One of my mentors once told me that a consultant should never be in the headlines. It's a distraction from the client. I get it.

Now what happens if he wins? As much as Trump pledged to fix the rigged system in Washington, his victory would upend our industry. Traditional field, digital, television, mail and polling are not as critical as we thought.

To an extent he has already proven so in the primaries. What would all of this mean for other consultants? If you are on Hillary's team and you blew the biggest Democratic lead since Michael Dukakis, will you be laughed out of pitches? If you are a Republican on the destructive 'Never Trump' bandwagon, will you be exiled? On both counts, probably not.

I do know that if she wins, I'm done. The Clintons keep a list of people like me in Brooklyn and there will be swift retribution. Regardless I refuse to conform to the mediocrity of Hillary Clinton. I refuse to acquiesce to the destruction of the Democratic Party. I refuse to accept that we can't disagree, but get along.

Harlan Hill is a political consultant and startup founder. Hill’s analysis and commentary is featured on television, including CNN, Fox News, Fox Business, MSNBC and BBC.


 

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