Seth Meyers and Hillary Clinton work really well together, as was illustrated on Wednesday’s episode of NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” In just the first few minutes of the show, Meyers set the failed candidate up to simply brush away disturbing accusations that she rigged the Democratic Party’s primary in her favor.
“The DNC had a bad couple of weeks,” opened Meyers, bringing up the new book written by Democratic National Committee interim chairwoman Donna Brazile that contains damning information about the Clinton campaign, including claims that Clinton and the DNC had an agreement that “had too much influence, maybe to the detriment of the Sanders campaign.”
Before Clinton could say a word, Meyers smoothly noted, “She’s sort of walked back those comments now. What was your reaction to that?”
“I didn’t know what she was referring to because, as has now come out, that just wasn’t the case,” Clinton said matter-of-factly before launching into a completely different topic. “But the current DNC leadership really invested heavily in Virginia and New Jersey and other places.”
Brazile cited a fundraising agreement between the Clinton campaign, Clinton’s joint fundraising committee, and the DNC, that said the campaign would “control the party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised.” The agreement, according to Brazile, was signed in August of 2015, nearly a year before Clinton secured the nomination.
“The funding arrangement with HFA and the victory fund agreement was not illegal, but it sure looked unethical,” Brazile wrote in the excerpt, which was published last week in Politico. “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.”
Former Clinton staff members are now claiming they “do not recognize the campaign she portrays in the book.”
But the former interim DNC chairwoman did appear to walk back her claims on Sunday, telling ABC’s “This Week” that she does not believe the Party’s primary was rigged.
“I found no evidence, none, whatsoever,” Brazile told George Stephanopoulos when asked about accusations that the primary process was rigged in Clinton’s favor.
“The only thing I found, which I said … I found the cancer, but I’m not killing the patient was this memorandum that prevented the DNC from running its own operation.”