Brazile said on ABC’s “This Week” the Clinton campaign hamstrung the party during the election by basically taking over the Democratic National Convention. She said the 100-plus staffers who criticized her remarks in her new book don’t get how they hurt the party.
“Here's what they don't know. What it was like to be over at the DNC during the hacking. What it's like to bury a child. I did, Seth Rich. They don't know what it's like to protect a staff from further harassment,” she said.
“They don't know what it's like because they're — the high command of Brooklyn. The people making the decisions, even for the DNC, they didn't come and work with us. They told us to shut up. And basically let them win the election. When we tried to intervene, we had to spend money we raised to try to help them win. That was my job as chair of the party.”
Brazile added she had to tell the Clinton campaign to not treat her like “Patsy the slave” because she had to ask Brooklyn to sign off on any expenditure of money.
“Yeah, I'm not Patsy the slave because I got sick and tired of people trying to tell me how the spend the money,” she said. “I wasn't getting a salary. I was volunteering my time. I was trying to increase the level of enthusiasm and passion for Hillary Clinton and the rest of the ticket across the country.”
However, Brazile said she’s hopeful new DNC leader Tom Perez is leading the party in the right direction and the future for the Democrats is bright.
And, despite all of the stress during the election, Brazile doesn’t regret jumping into the role again.
“Do I regret taking on a job the second time in my life as chair of the party? Cleaning up everyone's mess? Taking all of the income in? Being unable to spend funds that I raised? Do I regret being on the road 100 percent of the time? Being hacked by the Russians? Being — being harassed, getting death threats? Do I regret any of that?” she said.
“Do I regret standing up for what is right? Helping Hillary Clinton? Helping the Democratic Party? … No, I wish I could have done more.”