Dozens of members of Hillary Clinton's campaign reacted Saturday to former DNC head Donna Brazile's bombshell allegations and insights concerning the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic primary during the 2016 campaign.
The latest reveal from Brazile, courtesy of a preview of her upcoming memoir published by the Washington Post, accused the Clinton camp of treating her like a "slave," expressed concerns about Russian interference, also detailed her consideration of replacing Clinton with then-Vice President Joe Biden as the party's presidential nominee after a health scare. The news Saturday followed another big claim revealed in Brazile's memoir, as reported by Politico this week, that Clinton struck a deal with the DNC which looked like an "unethical" takeover.
"We were shocked to learn the news that Donna Brazile actively considered overturning the will of the Democratic voters by attempting to replace Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine as the Democratic Presidential and Vice Presidential nominees," the open letter began. "It is particularly troubling and puzzling that she would seemingly buy into false Russian-fueled propaganda, spread by both the Russians and our opponent, about our candidate’s health."
The letter was signed by the likes of longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, campaign manager Robby Mook, and campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri.
Both Mook and Palmieri in particular were singled out by Brazile. Mook and his aides, she said, missed the "big picture" over their obsession with data. Brazile also took a swipe at Mook for having "all men in his inner circle,” in a campaign for a candidate would vied to be the first female president.
As for Palmieri, Brazile described how she didn't like how Palmieri shot down her plan for a Kaine pep talk to DNC staff at the Democratic Party's convention in Philadelphia last summer. “I was thinking, If that b—-- ever does anything like that to me again, I’m gonna walk," she wrote in her memoir.
Brazile also expressed ire over Brandon Davis, a protege of Mook's who acted as a liaison between the Clinton camp and the DNC. His signature does not appear in the open letter.
The letter expresses some sympathy for Brazile over the circumstances in which she was thrust into the spotlight as interim chair following a controversy involving her predecessor, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was shown to have played favorites in the primary via stolen emails published by WikiLeaks.
"Donna came in to take over the DNC at a very difficult time. We were grateful to her for doing so. She is a longtime friend and colleague of many of us and has been an important leader in our party. But we do not recognize the campaign she portrays in the book," the letter reads.
The Clinton team members go on to discuss how Clinton herself, "more than any of us, persevered through an incredibly difficult campaign and her commitment and stamina inspired us every day. We are very proud of the effort she and the campaign made in both the primary and the general election." They also take an implicit jab at President Trump, mentioning how Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes.
Ultimately they call on Democrats not to re-litigate the 2016 election and pressed the party to move forward to the next electoral contest.
"[W]e are pretty tired of people who were not part of our campaign telling the world what it was like to be on the inside of our campaign and how we felt about it. We loved our candidate and each other and it remains our honor to have been part of the effort to make Hillary Clinton the 45th President of the United States," they write. "All Democrats should be doing everything they can — canvassing, phone banking, etc. — to help our candidates for Governor of Virginia and New Jersey and the other races around the country next Tuesday."