When Hillary Rodham Clinton’s passing touched a deep nerve for a small, quiet town in eastern Tennessee, she turned to her former staffers.
They had seen the devastating toll of the coronavirus in their home state, and they offered to help.
“You know what, let’s give it a shot,” former Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook wrote in a series of messages.
Mook’s message, posted on July 2, was a clear plea to help Clinton.
“Let’s go and help the little people,” he wrote, according to an excerpt of the messages obtained by Recode.
Clinton, the first woman elected president of the United States, had been diagnosed with pneumonia after leaving a 9/11 memorial ceremony.
It was the first time she had been hospitalized since leaving the Capitol grounds on Sept. 11, 2001.
The former secretary of state was in a wheelchair at the time of her death, but she was rushed to a hospital after she collapsed.
She remained in critical condition for nearly two weeks.
She was rushed into surgery and died two days later, on Oct. 13.
Her family and supporters have since started an online fundraising campaign to help pay for her funeral.
The Clinton campaign declined to comment on the emails and the funeral.
But Mook, the campaign’s communications director, and Clinton’s longtime aide Robby Faux, who headed the campaign, did not respond to messages left by Recodes.
In a series.
emails, Faux said he and Clinton “did not get into the political side of this whole thing, but we both understand how difficult it can be.
The Clintons are obviously trying to do everything they can for her.
But we’re going to have to do what we can to help the family.””
So, how about a hug, a hug for Hillary?” he wrote.
“I mean, you’re not going to ask us how we feel about it, are you?
So we don’t have to answer.”
The campaign did not answer Recode’s questions about whether it received a response from the Clintons, or whether the messages were forwarded to the Clinton family.
“I hope the Clintons can see the pain and know that the outpouring of grief and support that we are seeing is greatly appreciated and greatly appreciated,” Faux wrote in an email to a colleague.
In another, Fux wrote that Clinton “has done such a great job and it’s going to be so sad if we lose her.
She was an incredible person.”
Faux also wrote that “there are people who will tell you she has never failed.
She has always been there for everyone.
She would never let anyone down and I’m so grateful to all the people who have supported her.”
Clinton, who was 76, was diagnosed with the virus on Oct 16.
She and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, had traveled to Las Vegas to attend the Super Bowl.
She also had traveled overseas to attend a memorial service in Paris.
She had been in hospital since then, recovering from pneumonia.
On Thursday, she was hospitalized again, this time in Los Angeles, and her doctor said she was being treated for pneumonia, but there were no further details.
On Friday, the former president’s physician told reporters he did not think Clinton was feeling well and was not expected to make a decision about her health until late in the week.
Clinton’s family said they were praying for her recovery.
In one of the emails, Mook offered condolences to Clinton’s former aides.
“Please keep up the great work,” he said.
“And to all of those who were there for her.”
The emails were among more than 3,000 pages of messages sent and received by Clinton’s staff and staff of her former campaign during her health crisis.
In some, she expressed her support for others.
In others, the Clintons seemed to be talking about the future of their relationship.
In July, the couple’s daughter Chelsea, then a senior adviser, wrote to Faux to say her mother “is very grateful for the amazing support we received.
Her last message was very touching.”
In a September email, a Clinton aide wrote: “I hope you and Chelsea continue to work together and not give up.
I am hopeful that you will continue to have an amazing friendship and that you can continue to share a love of life.”
Mook did not reply to Recode requests for comment.
The messages were not immediately returned by the Clinton campaign.
In his resignation letter to Congress, Clinton said she and Faux had not been able to “explain our differences of opinion.”
In the same letter, she said, “I can’t believe that, at this time, it would be necessary to address this situation through a public forum, and that I am not prepared to participate.”
Mooks’ resignation came days after a former staffer at Clinton’s campaign told Recode she was offered the job of assistant to Clinton. It is