Hillary Clinton had few defenders more ferocious than Peter Daou in 2016. The former Clinton aide called Bernie Sanders’ movement “a hate mission against one woman.” He brawled with, and blocked, Sanders fans on social media with abandon. His devotion to Clinton was such that he co-founded “Hillary Men,” a website aimed at creating a “safe space” for her male fans.
Fast-forward to the 2020 primary: Daou has appeared on the Sanders campaign’s official podcast, praised the Vermont senator to his nearly 300,000 social media followers and passionately railed against the Democratic establishment.
The radicalization of Daou, a digital political consultant who refers to his change of heart as his “metamorphosis,” is one of the most unexpected and intriguing subplots of the presidential race.