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Former DNC Chair Donna Brazile tells critics to ‘go to hell’

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 11/6/2017 TERENCE CULLEN, ERIN DURKIN

DNC Chair Donna Brazile © (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for SiriusXM) DNC Chair Donna Brazile Donna Brazile isn’t backing down.

The former Democratic National Committee chief said critics telling her to stop talking about the 2016 election can “go to hell.”

“I’m going to tell my story,” Brazile told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. “I care about my country. I care about our democracy. And I say ‘go to hell’ because why am I supposed to be the only person that is unable to tell my story?”

Brazile wrote in a new book that she considered trying to replace Hillary Clinton as the presidential nominee with Vice President Joe Biden after Clinton collapsed at a Sept. 11 memorial.

She also revealed that a fund-raising agreement with Hillary Clinton’s campaign gave the campaign a measure of control over DNC spending and strategy even before Clinton was nominated in exchange for help raising cash.

The book, “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-Ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House,” has sparked anger both from Clinton loyalists and from fans of Democratic rival Bernie Sanders, who insist the primary was rigged.

But Brazile said Sunday she found no evidence the deal affected the outcome of the contest.

“I wanted to make sure there was no rigging of the process,” she said on “This Week.” “I found no evidence, none whatsoever.”

Brazile conceded she did not have the power to unilaterally remove Clinton from the ticket after her health scare, but said she was “under tremendous pressure after Secretary Clinton fainted to have a quote, unquote, Plan B.”

“I didn't want a Plan B. Plan A was great for me. I supported Hillary and I wanted her to win. But we were under pressure,” she said.

A group of Clinton staffers released a statement Saturday blasting Brazile, saying she seemed to have fallen for Russian-fueled propaganda about Clinton’s health.

Brazile said that while the fund-raising deal didn’t swing the primary, it did put unfair constraints on her ability to run the party. In the book, she recalled telling top Clinton staffers she was “not Patsey the slave” and would not be their whipping girl.

“I'm not Patsey the slave, because I got sick and tired of people telling me how to spend the money,” she said Sunday.

“I become chair and I'm trying to write a check for something. I raised the money and they're like, you have got to get signed off from (Clinton campaign headquarters in) Brooklyn. I said Brooklyn? This wasn't a standard joint-fundraising agreement,” she said. “They told us to shut up and basically let them win the election.”

Brazile ran the DNC into February, when she was replaced by former Labor Secretary Tom Perez.

“All I know is under the rules and the bylaws of the Democratic National Committee, she couldn’t have done this,” Perez said Sunday of Brazile’s abortive plan to replace Clinton.

“The charge that Hillary Clinton was somehow incapacitated is quite frankly ludicrous. Hillary Clinton was a tireless senator, a tireless secretary of state and a tireless candidate,” he said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Perez said Clinton won the primary fair and square, but admitted the party failed at gaining the trust of its left flank.

“We have to earn the trust of the voters. And during the process of the Democratic primary, we fell short in that, undeniably,” he said.

Also Sunday, House Speaker Paul Ryan slammed the Democrats over Brazile’s revelations.

“To see such a deck stacked is really pretty jaw-dropping to me. No wonder the Democrats are ticked off. I would be, too. It’s amazing to me how the Clintons just lived above the law,” the Republican said on “Fox News Sunday.”

“They had one of the primary participants stacking the deck and running the party. I’ve never heard of that before. That just takes the cake in my mind. It’s amazing.” 


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