In email, Clinton ally ‘petrified’ GOP would nominate anyone but Trump

In email, Clinton ally ‘petrified’ GOP would nominate anyone but Trump
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A left-leaning columnist and ally of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCountering the ongoing Republican delusion Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Poll: Democracy is under attack, and more violence may be the future MORE privately worried in March that the former secretary of State would lose to any Republican candidate the GOP chose as its nominee for president — except Donald TrumpDonald TrumpFormer defense secretary Esper sues Pentagon in memoir dispute Biden celebrates start of Hanukkah Fauci says lies, threats are 'noise' MORE.

“Right now I am petrified that Hillary is almost totally dependent on Republicans nominating Trump,” Brent Budowsky, who writes a column for The Hill, told Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta in a March email.

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“[S]he has huge endemic political weaknesses that she would be wise to rectify.....even a clown like Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGermany calls on Congress not to sanction Nord Stream 2 pipeline: report Fauci says lies, threats are 'noise' Biden administration resists tougher Russia sanctions in Congress MORE would be an even money bet to beat and this scares the hell of out me,” he said, referring to the Texas Republican senator.

The remark was contained in an email stolen from Podesta’s inbox and published online by WikiLeaks on Monday morning. The anti-secrecy group has so far released approximately 4,000 emails it claims were from Podesta’s email account in two separate tranches. Intelligence officials have suggested that the organization is being used to funnel material stolen by Russian hackers who intend to disrupt the American political process.

Publication of the message irked Republican critics of Trump, who, among other criticisms, have repeatedly warned that the real estate mogul is blowing the party’s chance to keep Clinton out of the White House.