MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” commentators on Friday slammed the Democratic Party and its lack of leadership after bombshell revelations came out on Thursday that the Democratic National Committee conspired with Hilary Clinton’s campaign during the 2016 primary by handing her team control of the national party and its finances.
Donna Brazile, the former interim chairwoman of the DNC, will be releasing a new book next week which claims that the Clinton campaign essentially enabled Donald Trump to be elected president through a corrupt method used to gain control of the DNC.
Politico Magazine published an excerpt from the book on Thursday that revealed the DNC was having severe financial troubles when Brazile took over looking after the Democratic National Convention last year. She writes about discovering that her predecessor, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), struck a deal with the Clinton campaign to oversee the DNC’s spending.
“You have Hillary Clinton, a very ineffective presidential candidate, whose team strangled the DNC and didn’t let them do their job,” co-host Joe Scarborough said. “They had control over everything the DNC was doing before she was even a candidate and then you have the chairwoman of the DNC actively rigging the process.”
Guest Donny Deutsch, an outspoken Trump critic, observed that the new information bolsters the narrative Trump set during the presidential campaign when he dubbed Clinton “Crooked Hillary.” He added that he finds it ironic that Brazile is the person making these claims since she was part of Clinton’s “parade of nonsense,” in which she leaked a question to Clinton’s campaign before CNN’s debate last March during the Democratic primary.
Deutsch also noted that the Democratic Party is in worse shape than the Republicans. “What does it stand for? Who are the leaders? The legacy of Hillary Clinton and the Clintons and Barack Obama.”
He continued, “There are no new faces. There are no new voices. There are new platforms and the Democratic Party needs to look hard in the mirror and say, ‘Who is our future and how do we leave this behind?’ Because, unfortunately, when you say the word ‘Democratic Party,’ Hillary Clinton still comes to the forefront and that’s gotta go away.”
Former Obama administration adviser and major Clinton supporter Steve Rattner downplayed Brazile’s revelations, saying he understands why the Clinton campaign did what it did.
“President Obama did the Party no favors here. He did not really embrace the importance of building the party apparatus the way President Clinton had, and so. as a result, the Party was left essentially broke and pretty dysfunctional,” Rattner explained.
“As we sit here today, looking ahead, which is probably as important as looking back, we are essentially in the same place. The DNC is not very present in the lives of activist Democrats like myself. They are not raising money very successfully,” Rattner noted.
“Tom Perez, who’s running it, is a very nice and capable guy, but the RNC is way out-raising them. As you pointed out many times, we lost the 900 state legislature seats. We lost the governorships. We lost the Senate positions. Somebody’s got to pull the DNC and the party apparatus together. Right now, we don’t have a leader, as Donny said.”
The “Morning Joe” panel laughed at Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) claim that he didn’t “follow” the 2016 Democratic primary after being asked to comment on Brazile’s book. He said he didn’t read the book, but it’s his intention to pick up a copy.