Former interim Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazille is making waves with her new book. In Hacks — published today — Brazille claims she has proof that Hillary Clinton “rigged the [party’s] nomination process” in order to defeat opponent Bernie Sanders during the 2016 primaries.
In an excerpt from the book published by Politico Magazine today, Brazile writes, “I had found my proof [of the fixing of the election] and it broke my heart.”
On the night of the primary, Sanders accused Clinton of subsidizing her bid via the Hillary Victory Fund, a joint vehicle between the Democratic National Committee, 32 state committees, and her campaign. The Clinton camp was dismissive of the accusation, and Sanders later campaigned in support of the former Secretary of State.
However, Brazille’s book puts Clinton’s alleged manipulation back in the spotlight. According to Hacks, this is how Hillary Clinton stole the nomination:
“The agreement — signed by Amy Dacey, the former CEO of the DNC, and (Clinton campaign manager) Robby Mook with a copy to Marc Elias — specified that in exchange for raising money and investing in the DNC, Hillary would control the party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised. Her campaign had the right of refusal of who would be the party communications director, and it would make final decisions on all the other staff. The DNC also was required to consult with the campaign about all other staffing, budgeting, data, analytics, and mailings.”
According to Brazille, Clinton was pulling the funding and strategy strings of the DNC as early as August 2015. About the ethics of the collusion, Brazille states:
“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.”
Clinton’s political career has been rife with scandal for decades, and these allegations not only further incriminate her, but they reveal a lack of ethics in the DNC in general, which has previously involved Brazille herself: in addition to implicating Clinton and charging that former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman “was not a good manager,” Brazille maintains her place in the party’s sordid history as the operative who leaked a CNN debate question to Clinton while she worked as a commentator for the news network. Brazille also forwarded Clinton discussion topics for a CNN town hall debate.
Brazille has since stated that she will “forever regret” her actions. Only time will tell if Clinton expresses any similar remorse for her improprieties -- from the rigging of the primaries all the way back to her intimidation of Bill Clinton’s sexual accusers -- and whether the media will hold her feet to the fire on any of it. If history is any indicator, the networks will look the other way, and Hillary Clinton will continue to spend her time whining about her defeat, letting the leftist media kiss her ring, and making faces like this one.