Former interim Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile popped up on The View today to discuss the explosive allegations made in her new book. Of course, the one thing the hosts wanted to get further clarification on was Brazile’s accusation that the Democratic presidential primary was rigged against Bernie Sanders.
“So people are upset and you know, you understand,” co-host Whoopi Goldberg stated. “So explain why you didn’t realize people would take the idea of Hillary bailing out the party years — or whenever she did it as something that was bad and robbed Bernie of his ability to be president. I mean, that’s how — that’s the message that’s being put out in your name.”
Brazile responded, “First of all, I never used the word ‘rigged’ in my book. I said that — I used the word ‘cancer’ in that I was uncomfortable with the cancer that I found when I became chair.”
While the ex-party chair is claiming she never used that word in her book, the actual words she wrote down tell a different story. In the excerpt that was published in Politico a few days ago, the second paragraph reads as follows:
I had promised Bernie when I took the helm of the Democratic National Committee after the convention that I would get to the bottom of whether Hillary Clinton’s team had rigged the nomination process, as a cache of emails stolen by Russian hackers and posted online had suggested. I’d had my suspicions from the moment I walked in the door of the DNC a month or so earlier, based on the leaked emails. But who knew if some of them might have been forged? I needed to have solid proof, and so did Bernie.
Further down, she mentioned “rigging” when referring to the funding agreement between Clinton’s campaign and the DNC while stating that it “compromised the party’s integrity.”
I had tried to search out any other evidence of internal corruption that would show that the DNC was rigging the system to throw the primary to Hillary, but I could not find any in party affairs or among the staff. I had gone department by department, investigating individual conduct for evidence of skewed decisions, and I was happy to see that I had found none. Then I found this agreement.
The funding arrangement with HFA and the victory fund agreement was not illegal, but it sure looked unethical. If the fight had been fair, one campaign would not have control of the party before the voters had decided which one they wanted to lead. This was not a criminal act, but as I saw it, it compromised the party’s integrity.
So while it would seem that Brazile is doing her level best to backpedal and do damage control over her bombshell accusations and claims, it is pretty hard to put the genie back in that bottle, especially when your words are floating out there in the ether — and on the printed page.
Watch the clip above, via ABC.
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