The supposed strategy of Hillary Clinton’s campaign roll-out has been to meet with “every day Americans” instead of having huge campaign rallies or meeting with the media. But if you’re an every day American, Hillary has some creepily paranoid rules for what you need to do to actually get to talk to her.
Now the rules have come out for being an “every day American” that got to meet Hillary on the campaign:
“I get there, and the first thing he said was, ‘I need you to sign this release.’ And I said, ‘Why? Who’s going to be here?’” Yowell explained. ”
The people who had coffee with Clinton had to sign the release forms because the event was filmed for a video the Clinton campaign released on Friday. However, everyone who spoke to Business Insider said they weren’t able to get take their own pictures of the meeting because Price asked to take their phones before the encounter.
“I was so excited,” Yowell said. “But then they took our cellphones and I was, like, ‘But I can’t call and tell anyone?‘”
“We had to turn our cellphones in to them before we went in,” Nelson said. “We all handed them over.”
All the attendees who spoke with Business Insider said they didn’t mind being asked to turn over their cellphones before meeting with Clinton as it allowed for privacy.
“I think they didn’t want us saying, you know, emailing our friends while were there,” Nelson said. “That place would have been mobbed.”
…The secrecy didn’t end with phones being confiscated. After initially meeting at the Village Inn, the guests piled into a two-car convoy.“On the way [Price] said ‘We’re going to an undisclosed location in downtown Council Bluffs,” Yowell said.
Once the cars stopped, the group was still not told where they were going.
“They wouldn’t tell us,” Nelson said. “And then we parked about a block and a half away. And it was, like, where in the hell are we going?”
They walked to the Main Street Café, and Clinton arrived soon afterward.
“She walks in the room, she gives each one of us a hug, we sit down, we all have coffee, and she said, ‘I want to hear from you,’” Nelson said of Clinton.