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Emails reveal Clinton campaign snubbed Human Rights Campaign for SNL skit

Hillary Clinton’s campaign leaders declared in a newly revealed email that having their candidate appear on Saturday Night Live was “more important” than hobnobbing with LGBTQ leaders at last month’s Human Rights Campaign gala.

That email was among more than 2,000 messages newly published Thursday by WikiLeaks. The emails were hacked from Podesta’s private account.

The email revealed that appearing on the season opener of “Saturday Night Live” took precedence over delivering the keynote dinner address for the annual gala of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT rights group — at least in the minds of Clinton’s campaign aides.

Lining up an appearance on “SNL” was the Clinton campaign’s top effort for the fall 2015 television season. The campaign’s deputy communications director, Kristina Schake, called a “surprise guest spot” on the comedy series’ Oct. 3 show the “top ask” among television venues.

“Talked to the producers,” Schake wrote in an email dated Aug. 6, 2015. “They will write a skit for her and want to confirm asap. Would need to skip the HRC Gala in DC that night, but this opportunity seems more important given the impact it would have.”

As it turned out, Clinton managed to deliver a keynote address for the HRC gathering after all — during its Saturday breakfast in Washington. Vice President Joe Biden was the dinner’s keynote speaker.

Clinton traveled to New York to appear on “SNL” as hoped, playing a bartender named Val who commiserates with Kate McKinnon’s Clinton.

Other TV shows the campaign sought for Clinton appearances, according to the email: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” ”The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” ”Live with Kelly and Michael,” Charlie Rose’s talk show and “CBS This Morning.”

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