Former interim chair of the Democratic National Committee Donna Brazile has claimed that she found "no evidence" that the Democratic primary was rigged in favor of Hillary Clinton.
Brazile has been very vocal as of late about how unfair she felt the election process was for Bernie Sanders, especially after finding an agreement that was made between the Clinton campaign and the DNC should she become the nominee. The revelation was part of an excerpt from Brazile's new tell-all, "Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House" that was published in Politico Magazine last week.
Many, however, cried foul, saying that either Brazile didn't understand the terms of the agreement, or chose to willfully misrepresent it for the purposes of selling her book.
According to NBC News: "The memo also made clear that the arrangement pertained to only the general election, not the primary season, and it left open the possibility that it would sign similar agreements with other candidates."
The memo in question states that: "Nothing in this agreement shall be construed to violate the DNC's obligation of impartiality and neutrality through the Nominating process. All activities performed under this agreement will be focused exclusively on preparations for the General Election and not the Democratic Primary."
In an interview with ABC's "This Week," Brazile seemed to tone down her initial rhetoric about her findings, telling host George Stephanopolous, she "found no evidence, none whatsoever" that the primary had been rigged. She added: "The only thing I found, which I said, 'I've found the cancer but I'm not killing the patient,' was this memorandum that prevented the DNC from running its own operation."
.@donnabrazile to @GStephanopoulos: "I found no evidence, none whatsoever" that primaries were "rigged."… https://t.co/uLfPW93tFR— ABC News Politics (@ABC News Politics)1509891370.0
Brazile also addressed reports that she had contemplated replacing Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine on the ticket with Joe Biden and Cory Booker after she felt that Clinton's health might be in jeopardy, an idea that many thought preposterous.
That means Donna Brazile would've been cool not only ignoring SEVENTEEN million Clinton voters...but THIRTEEN milli… https://t.co/Ew3yq1BZdl— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel Jollett)1509821335.0
"I had a lot of other combinations. This is something you play out in your mind," she admitted. "The bottom line is she resumed campaigning."
But despite the backlash from both former Clinton campaign and DNC staffers, not to mention many Democrats who want to move on from the 2016 election, Brazile made it clear she has the right to keep talking.
"For those who are telling me to shut up, they told Hillary that a couple of months ago, you know what I tell them? 'Go to hell,'" she said, defiantly. "I'm going to tell my story."
Former DNC chair Donna Brazile: For those who are telling me to shut up, I tell them "go to hell. I'm going to tell… https://t.co/bivkQpFaeU— ABC News (@ABC News)1509891182.0
But whether or not it's a story people want to hear right now is up for debate:
@ABC *she* & *before* I am pissed. Dems don't need this right before election day!— Dawn (@Dawn)1509891665.0
@Jodie_Cyre @hopesprings46 @onejohnj @ABC That's true. But she had complete control over when to release her "truth… https://t.co/sXTd8kOHyn— Spicey Chicken (@Spicey Chicken)1509893739.0
#DonnaBrazile's book/allegations aren't just hurting elections this week, they're killing the news cycle which s/b FLYNN, FLYNN, #FLYNN!!!— Chris Traynor (@Chris Traynor)1509899613.0
I can't tell you how tired I am of hearing about Donna Brazile and the DNC this week. I can think of like 100 more important things.— Jess Hback (@Jess Hback)1509918895.0
Watching @donnabrazile on This Week. Donna, tell your story, but tell the truth.Also, get off the pity pot, we're suffering Russia fallout.— Tammy Clary (@Tammy Clary)1509897102.0
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