Hillary Rigging the Primary, Brazile’s Revelations and Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Donna Brazile served briefly as chair of the Democratic National Committee after Debbie Wasserman Schultz had to resign. In her new book Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House, she reveals how the Clinton campaign rigged the nomination in Clinton’s favor.
Basically, poor Bernie Sanders never had a chance. And worse from the Democrats’ point of view: The party ran the worst possible candidate against Donald Trump.
Getting to the Bottom of It
Brazile told Sanders she would get to the bottom of it when she took over as DNC chair. She noticed that the DNC depended on Clinton’s campaign for money. The former chair and Clinton BFF Debbie Wasserman Schultz didn’t care. She didn’t work hard to raise money. She let Clinton’s campaign control things “so she didn’t have to inform the party officers how bad the situation was.”
Here’s the smoking gun: an agreement that gave the Clinton campaign control in exchange for raising money. It was titled “Joint Fund-Raising Agreement between the DNC, the Hillary Victory Fund, and Hillary for America.” As Brazile summarizes it, “in exchange for raising money and investing in the DNC, Hillary would control the party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised.”
For example, money that donors contributed to the DNC victory fund went to Clinton, instead of being earmarked for whoever won the nomination. Money that should have gone to state Democratic parties went to the Clinton campaign instead. Politico referred to this as “money laundering.” Brazile lamented, “[I was] unable to spend funds that I raised.”
It also gave the Clinton campaign advance screening of communications sent out about other candidates during the primary. It also stated that the campaign could choose the two candidates for DNC spokesperson. Luis Miranda worked overtime as instructed by Wasserman Schultz to plant hit pieces on Sanders in media outlets during the primary. When Brazile took over, she got rid of him.
The agreement “looked unethical,” Brazile thought. But she couldn’t do anything about it. The party was Clinton’s to run. And as it turned out, it was her party to lead to losing an election the Democrats should have had in the bag.
Cried Out of Anger
After telling Sanders this on September 7th, Brazile said she cried out of anger. It was too late in the campaign to do anything about. “The cancer was that [Clinton] had exerted this control of the party long before she became its nominee,” she said.
It was already a campaign in trouble, though no one in the party knew then how much trouble it was in. The Clinton campaign was “anemic,” Brazile said, and had “the odor of failure.” It was so bad that when Clinton collapsed at a 9/11 service, Brazile considered replacing her with vice-president Joseph Biden. She also felt the Clinton campaign treated her like a slave.
Wasserman Schultz comes out of this even worse than Clinton. Her response to the DNC hacked emails was odd, Brazile said. She did not seem concerned. She waited to tell Democratic party officials for a month. She only told the day before The Washington Post was going to release a story about it. She refused to apologize to donors whose emails were implicated.
Maybe Brazile explains why Wasserman Schultz let Clinton have her way, besides their close political friendship. As DNC chair, she enjoyed perks meant to keep the chair “fat and happy.” Among other perks, she got a “big Tahoe SUV” with a driver and a “body woman.”
Brazile dedicated the book in part to Seth Rich, the DNC staffer who was mysteriously murdered. Brazile says she feared for her life after the murder. Conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza speculated, “Donna Brazile feared for her life for crossing the Clintons you know you are dealing with an unscrupulous gang of thugs.”
Even Perez Admits It
Even the new DNC chair Tom Perez admitted something improper had taken place. Another Clinton crony, he had to tell “Meet the Press” on Sunday: “I totally agree … with the notion that the DNC fell short during critical moments of the primary.” He promised the nomination process would be “unquestionably fair and transparent” in 2020.
Clinton cronies responded with a letter denouncing the book, accusing Brazile of being misled by the Russians. “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.” Journalists rushed to Clinton’s defense, spreading mistruths about the book. Fox News host Tucker Carlson observed how CNN hosts used the same talking points, calling her a liar.
But the facts won’t be so easily dismissed.