While serving as the interim DNC leader, Donna Brazile had considered replacing Hillary Clinton as the Democrat Party nominee after she passed out at a campaign event and said she was disturbed that Hillary’s staffers (Probably at Clintons request) tried to cover up the health of the presidential candidate. But her reluctance to fully embrace the Clinton campaign also had to do with the doubts she had that Hillary could win.
She notes in her book that when she visited Latino sections of cities, the only campaign signs she saw were at the campaign headquarters. Brazile not only wanted to rid the election of the Clinton campaign, she didn’t want to retain Tim Kaine either, presumably because he had become such a joke and seemed mentally unstable as he has even to this day. She had even decided on the ticket to replace Clinton/Kaine with: Joe Biden and Corey Booker.
In an explosive new memoir, Brazile details widespread dysfunction and dissension throughout the Democratic Party, including secret deliberations over using her powers as interim DNC chair to initiate the process of removing Clinton and running mate Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.) from the ticket after Clinton’s Sept. 11, 2016, collapse in New York City.
Brazile writes that she considered a dozen combinations to replace the nominees and settled on Biden and Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.), the duo she felt most certain would win over enough working-class voters to defeat Republican Donald Trump. But then, she writes, “I thought of Hillary, and all the women in the country who were so proud of and excited about her. I could not do this to them.”
Brazile paints a scathing portrait of Clinton as a well-intentioned, historic candidate whose campaign was badly mismanaged, took minority constituencies for granted and made blunders with “stiff” and “stupid” messages. The campaign was so lacking in passion for the candidate, she writes, that its New York headquarters felt like a sterile hospital ward where “someone had died.”
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Brazile also stated that she felt like a slave reminiscent of the movie “12 Years a Slave.” In a conversation with three campaign officials, Charlie Baker, Marlon Marshall and Dennis Cheng, she said:
“I’m not Patsey the slave. Y’all keep whipping me and whipping me and you never give me any money or any way to do my damn job. I am not going to be your whipping girl!”
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Brazile describes in wrenching detail Clinton’s bout with pneumonia. On Sept. 9, she saw the nominee backstage at a Manhattan gala and she seemed “wobbly on her feet” and had a “rattled cough.” Brazile recommended Clinton see an acupuncturist.
Two days later, Clinton collapsed as she left a Sept. 11 memorial service at Ground Zero in New York. Brazile blasts the campaign’s initial efforts to shroud details of her health as “shameful.”
Whenever Brazile got frustrated with Clinton’s aides, she writes, she would remind them that the DNC charter empowered her to initiate the replacement of the nominee. If a nominee became disabled, she explains, the party chair would oversee a complicated process of filling the vacancy that would include a meeting of the full DNC.
After Clinton’s fainting spell, some Democratic insiders were abuzz with talk of replacing her — and Brazile says she was giving it considerable thought.
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