Former Democratic National Committee interim chair Donna Brazile wanted to oust Hillary Clinton s the 2016 presidential nominee in favor of then-Vice President Joe Biden, she reveals in her upcoming memoir.
“Again and again I thought about Joe Biden,” Brazile wrote in her account of the 2016 election cycle.
Brazile’s interest in finding a new nominee found an echo among other Democratic leaders after Clinton fainted at an event commemorating the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Representatives from Biden and Clinton’s 2016 rivals contacted Brazile unexpectedly after the health scare.
“Gee, I wonder what he wanted to talk to me about?” she wrote, per the Washington Post, in a reference to a top Biden aide’s outreach.
Brazile refused, of course, to make a formal move against Clinton. “No matter my doubts and my fears about the election and Hillary as a candidate, I could not make good on that threat to replace her,” she wrote.
Clinton wasn’t the only major party nominee to sow doubts among her compatriots, though their musings remained private. Weeks after Clinton fainted, the release of an Access Hollywood video that featured President Trump engaged in lewd conversation prompted some Republican leaders to call for him to step aside as Republican nominee.
Brazile blamed Trump’s eventual victory, in part, on the Clinton team’s complacency and inability to inspire voters. “They knew how to size up voters not by meeting them and finding out what they cared about, what moved their hearts and stirred their souls, but by analyzing their habits,” she wrote. “You might be able to persuade a handful of Real Simple magazine readers who drink gin and tonics to change their vote to Hillary, but you had not necessarily made them enthusiastic enough to want to get up off the couch and go to the polls.”