The Democratic Party is standing on soggy ground as a new book by Donna Brazile is grabbing headlines throughout the country.
In her scathing new book about how Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 presidential campaign led to a Donald Trump victory, Brazile explains that Clinton tried buying control of the DNC. She also writes about wanting to replace Clinton with former VP Joe Biden after Clinton fainted at the 9/11 ceremony months before the election.
The book is causing a stir among Democrats, who are now telling Brazile to shut up and move on. Brazile responded to the backlash during her appearance on ABC News Sunday. “Those telling me to shut up, … I tell them, ‘Go to hell.’ I’m gonna tell my story,” Brazile, who ran the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 White House race. (See video below.)
NBC News published a memorandum Saturday detailing the joint-fundraising agreement that indicates the Clinton camp would have input on such key DNC decisions as hiring and spending in exchange for helping the group with its roughly $20 million debt.
The memo also made clear that other potential candidates could enter into a similar agreement with the DNC.
But Brazile suggested Sunday that the authority the Clinton camp had under the agreement went beyond “standard” joint-fundraising agreements and that a “separate,” undisclosed deal also existed.
“I could not control the purse strings of the Democratic Party,” she said. “I become chair, and I’m trying to write a check for something that I raised money [for]. And they’re like, ‘You have to get that signed off on from Brooklyn.’ This wasn’t a standard joint fundraising agreement. … They had [a] separate memo of understanding.”
Brazile’s book, “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House,” has caused former Clinton campaign staffers on Saturday to publish an open letter, disputing Brazile’s accusations that the campaign was tone-deaf to middle-class voters, acted with a false sense of “inevitability,” and in the closing weeks, had “the odor of failure.”
“We were shocked to learn the news that Donna Brazile actively considered overturning the will of the Democratic voters by attempting to replace Hillary Clinton,” campaign members, including Robby Mook, John Podesta and Huma Abedin, in part, said in the letter. “It is particularly troubling and puzzling that she would seemingly buy into false Russian-fueled propaganda, spread by both the Russians and our opponent, about our candidate’s health. … Finally, we are pretty tired of people who were not part of our campaign telling the world what it was like to be on the inside.”
Dennis Michael Lynch will be talking about Brazile’s comments Monday on “The Truth, which airs at 11 a.m. on Facebook.com/DMLdaily.
Donna Brazile is playing with fire. Telling those that want to shut her up, “go to hell. I’m going to tell my story.”pic.twitter.com/Ig7zQuQe7E
— J.D. (@JDsMindcrime) November 5, 2017