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'Out of line': Ronna McDaniel fires back at Donna Brazile for telling her to 'go to hell'

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Ronna Romney standing in front of a stage: Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. © Provided by Washington Examiner Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel responded to her former Democratic counterpart Donna Brazile's strong rebuke of her comments on a potential brokered convention for 2020 Democrats.

McDaniel, in a Fox News interview Tuesday morning, discussed the possibility of a brokered Democratic convention and argued such a scenario would adversely impact Sen. Bernie Sanders. Hours later, Brazile, who is now a Fox News contributor, told her to "go to hell" in a scathing diatribe.

While the RNC chairwoman did dismiss Brazile in a tweet soon after, she was given the opportunity to further respond to the attack in an interview on the network late Tuesday night.

"It’s never fun to have your teenagers come home from school and say, 'Hey mom you’re trending on social media because some woman said you should go to heck,' but that being said, politics is a contact sport, and I think she was out of line with her response," she explained. "Of course, we all recognize that the Democrats did put their thumb on the scale for Hillary Clinton in 2016 because of Donna, because of the book that she wrote, she exposed that."

McDaniel added, "I felt very in my lane saying that this is happening. I don't think it’s something we can't discuss, and I think her response was a little out of line and disproportionate to my comments earlier today."

Democratic strategist Donna Brazile © Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call Democratic strategist Donna Brazile Brazile, also in a subsequent interview Tuesday evening, addressed her outburst.

"Let me just say this: As long as I'm alive, I'm going to speak truth to power," the former DNC chairwoman said. "And I want to make sure that the chairwoman — I know what her job is like — but I want her to understand, to respect the process on the Democratic side ... Democracy is messy, but do not tell the world that the Democratic Party is trying to rig it for one candidate."

When Brazile was leading the Democratic National Committee, she shared debate questions with 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton ahead of primary debates and faced accusations that the party was rigging the nominating contest against Sanders. She later wrote a book in which she admitted that a fundraising agreement between the Clinton campaign and the DNC "sure looked unethical."

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