It is becoming increasingly obvious that the process used by the Democratic party to select Hillary Clinton as their nominee for the 2016 United States presidential election was unfairly tilted in Clinton’s favour. The revelations are adding to the internal strife among the warring factions within the Democratic party.
Some party stalwarts are remaining loyal to the Clinton legacy for reasons that are increasingly difficult to understand. Donna Brazile, who managed Al Gore’s failed presidential campaign in 2000, is leading the charge of those calling out Hillary’s shady dealings that helped win her the Democratic nomination in her futile second attempt at becoming president.
What did Donna say?
Donna Brazile is a conflicted character in telling the story of Hillary’s attempts to rig the election. On Halloween day in 2016, less than two weeks before voting day, it was revealed via Wikileaks that Brazile had given Hillary’s campaign at least one debate questionbefore CNN’s presidential debate. CNN fired Brazile for the transgression. The news gave credence to Donald Trump’s claims that the election was rigged for Hillary.
Donna Brazile has released a book on the 2016 campaign called Hacks. In the book, Brazile outlines the state of the Democratic National Committee after she was forced to take over from the Debbie Wasserman-Schultz as chairwoman of the DNC. Wasserman-Schultz had to resign as chair of the DNC because Wikileaks had revealed that she had advantaged Hillary over Bernie Sanders during the Democratic nomination process.
Brazile’s book reveals the extent to which Hillary’s campaign held sway over the DNC. According to Brazile, Hillary for America signed an agreement to help fund the DNC in August of 2015. This was six months before the first primary. The timing of the agreement is highly suspicious and undoubtedly unethical. By way of comparison, Al Gore’s campaign took control of the DNC in June of 2000. Gore became the presumptive nominee three months before this.
For some reason Brazile tried to claim the nomination was a fair fight despite the allegations in her book. As reported by Clinton apologist Chris Cillizza, Brazile made the fair fight statement during an appearance on CNN. The news of Hillary taking control of the DNC before the primaries started stands on its own. Brazile trying to claim the nomination was a fair fight is laughable and hurts her credibility with all sides.
What are current Democratic party leaders saying?
Any reasonable observer could ask how Hillary was allowed to take control of the group that is supposed to be the arbiter of the nominating process before the process started. That is an absolutely fair question. The question appears to be adding to the divide in the Democratic party.
Elizabeth Warren is the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts and a potential candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. Warren sees the logic in cutting ties from the Clinton machine. Per a BBC report, Warren bluntly agrees that the 2016 nomination was rigged for Hillary.
There are still Democratic stalwarts who won’t go so far as to condemn Hillary. Nancy Pelosi claims she is not interested in what happened in the Democratic presidential primary process. Howard Dean tried to deflect with a claim that some memo Donna Brazile was referring to only applied to the general election and was standard operating procedure. Dean’s bizarre claim doesn’t explain why such a memo would be signed so early in the process.
The Democratic Party is at a crossroads. The only thing that appears to unite the party is a futile rage directed towards Donald Trump. If the Democrats hope to regain party at any level they need to purge the cancerous influence of the Clintons from their ranks. Donna Brazile’s book is another step in this direction.