Former Democratic chairwoman: Nomination rigged to favor Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders

Former Democratic chairwoman: Nomination rigged to favor Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders

Former Democratic chairwoman: Nomination rigged to favor Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders

Former interim DNC chair Donna Brazile released an excerpt from her upcoming book in which she wrote that the Democratic primary had overtly favored Hillary Clinton over Sen.

She began investigating whether Clinton "rigged the nomination process" as emails hacked from the DNC and published by WikiLeaks past year had suggested, she said in an except of her new book coming out next week that appeared Thursday in Politico. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), was asked point blank if she believed that Brazile's charge was true - that the nomination process was rigged during the 2016 Democratic primary.

Brazile described an agreement between the Clinton campaign and the DNC, writing that the campaign would "control the party's finances, strategy, and all the money raised".

Brazile said she wasn't aware of the committee's financial chaos - it was about $23 million in debt - when she took over, blaming Wasserman Schultz for her lack of interest in "controlling the party".

"This was not a criminal act, but as I saw it, it compromised the party's integrity", Ms Brazile said about the arrangement. The catch was that former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the entire apparatus of the DNC was at the control of the Clinton Campaign, serving as an extension of it under the false pretense of neutrality.

That said, it is worth pointing out Brazile supported Hillary Clinton after the primary when she leaked debate questions to the Clinton campaign.

"When I hung up the call to Bernie, I started to cry, not out of guilt, but out of anger", Brazile wrote.

She said the independent from Vermont took the news "stoically". But one thing is for sure: The Democratic Party significantly tarnished its reputation in 2016, likely turning off many potential Democratic voters. Nevertheless, the revelation Brazile exposed in this excerpt provides further proof and vindication for Bernie Sanders supporters that the DNC was working on behalf of the Clinton Campaign. She hadn't been very interested in controlling the party-she let Clinton's headquarters in Brooklyn do as it desired so she didn't have to inform the party officers how bad the situation was, ' Brazile writes in an essay in Politico magazine.

Brazile claims that the DNC is having a hard time raising money, while other parts of the party are gaining intense strength due to the anti-Trump movement.

This is also somewhat self-serving for Brazile, given the DNC continued to struggle during and after her tenure, especially financially. "What are we going to do going forward, and are we going to build a Democratic Party that really is there for all of us?" "I really want to say he's being tested, and the real answer to whether or not he passes that test is whether or not Bernie Sanders' representatives in these negotiations walk away satisfied".

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