Election Night Terror: The Hillary Clinton Campaign Victory Party 2016

Dr. Munr Kazmir
6 min readAug 23, 2020

C-SPAN presents: The horror movie no progressive should have to face. Why it should be required viewing for every voting Democrat in America.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at the Intramural Fields at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. November 2, 2016. (photo: Gage Skidmore)

“Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.”

This wisdom teaching is possibly Joseph Campbell’s, but it is probably far older. It means that wherever you most fear to go may offer wisdom and insight you could gain nowhere else.

Which is why every voting Democrat in America should watch the 2016 C-SPAN coverage of the Hillary Clinton campaign victory party that wasn’t. Every voting progressive should view the video as if they were an NFL coach watching footage of their last losing game as if winning the next one depended on it.

It does.

The fact that Democrats have been afraid to face the video above for all the days of the Trump administrtaion, should tell any reasonable individual interested in examining history from the perspective of not repeating it all they need to know.

It’s long; 6 hours. Longer. But they were an important six hours. A great deal changed in those six short hours.

Unlike the Trump campaign in 2016, which didn’t allow embedded mainstream reporters into the Trump watch party, the Hillary Clinton campaign knew Clinton was going to win.

They didn’t think it. They knew it.

So the Clinton campaign threw a huge party at the Javits Center in NYC, invited all their friends and supporters. There was no shortage of reporters to document every history-making moment; including the moment when Hillary Rodham Clinton was to be elected the first female president in U.S. history.

For the Trump campaign, we have Donald and Melania Trump riding down an escalator. For the Clinton campaign, we have the video Encyclopedia Britannica. Every moment has been enshrined forever by embedded reporters and political pundits reacting in real time.