November 13, 2017
7:36 p.m. Eastern
CHRIS MATTHEWS: Okay, let me ask you about Hillary Clinton’s statement recently that the 2016 election wasn’t legitimate. Now, that is very confounding to me. Does that mean it shouldn’t count? What does it mean to say it’s not legitimate? You might not like a lot of things done in it. A lot of things get bad done. I mean, there’s dirty campaign fundraising and people break the rules all the time. There’s prejudice, racial prejudice, all kinds of prejudice. But the election still counts. Do you think she’s saying it was not a legitimate election? What do you say to that?
DONNA BRAZILE: I think she was saying that this was a disruptive political season and what we are learning, Chris, every day, is that the Russian interference went beyond the stolen e-mails —
MATTHEWS: Sure, I know that. Yeah.
BRAZILE: — and the weaponization of information. We all know —
MATTHEWS: But you think it wasn’t a legit —
BRAZILE: — it’s — Chris —
MATTHEWS: — yes, I know. But just to the point, you think it was a legitimate election, right?
BRAZILE: Look, Donald Trump cracked the blue wall. We know that. He was able to win votes in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin. But, yes, I do believe Secretary Clinton is making a very important point. The role of social media. This coordination between Wikileaks —
BRAZILE: — and possibly the Trump campaign. We need to get to the bottom of it.
MATTHEWS: I know. I agree.
BRAZILE: And I hope that Director Mueller can get to the bottom of it.
MATTHEWS: We do it all the time here, Donna. My question to you is, was it a legitimate election? Does it count?
BRAZILE: My personal view is that it was not a legitimate election.
MATTHEWS: So it doesn’t count?
BRAZILE: Chris, remember, I am the campaign manager of Al Gore in 2000 and where, as you well know, the Supreme Court decided. This election will always have an asterisk by it and that’s why I think Donald Trump should take steps as President to clean up our system so that no more foreign governments have no foreign meddling occur in the future.
MATTHEWS: Okay, we have a definition of problem because, you know, what’s his name, Trump is out there. He’s said for years that Barack Obama wasn’t a legitimate President, because he was an illegal immigrant and that’s what illegitimate means, is that an legitimate election or not and you’re saying it was not a legitimate election. It doesn’t count. That’s a strong statement.
BRAZILE: Chris, Chris, I have worked on more campaigns than many Americans and I can tell you something. When you see all of the evidence that it’s a mountain of how the Russians interfered in our election —
MATTHEWS: I know!
BRAZILE: Which is why I wrote the booked Hacked, when you see what they did in social media with Facebook and Twitter —
MATTHEWS: So it doesn’t count.
BRAZILE: — we have — we need to get to the bottom of it, Chris. And I’ll come back when the investigation is over with.
MATTHEWS: We’re going in different directions. I think the world illegitimate is third world, fourth world. Hillary should have never used it. She can say there was a corrupt aspect to it. She could say people did bad things. There was interference from abroad, but the Electoral College count was for real.
BRAZILE: Chris, I agree on that point, but you’re arguing semantics when I want to argue that there was some big issues, big problems, and she faced a significant headwind in 2016 and I think what she means when she talks about legitimacy, she’s talking about the foreign interference and meddling and what I describe in my book, Hacked. The corruption of our files and what they did to try to destroy the Democratic National Committee and discredit our nominee, Hillary Clinton.
MATTHEWS: Okay. Well said.
Former interim DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile said the Democratic party was “leeched of its vitality” by former President Barack Obama and others in the months leading up to the 2016 presidential campaign.
“We had three Democratic parties: The party of Barack Obama, the party of Hillary Clinton, and this weak little vestige of a party led by [Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz] that was doing a very poor job getting people who were not president elected,” Brazile wrote in her newly released 2016 campaign tell-all, titled “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House.”
Brazile accused the 44th president of caring “deeply about his image” and using the committee to act as a bank for his personal “political expenses.”
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Obama “used the party to provide for political expenses like gifts to donors, and political travel,” Brazile wrote, adding that the politician also used DNC funds for “his pollster and focus groups” later into his second term although he couldn’t run for president again.
“This was not working to strengthen the party. He left it in debt. Hillary bailed it out so that she could control it, and Debbie went along with all of this because she liked the power and perks of being a chair but not the responsibilities,” Brazile wrote.
She added that although she believed Obama, Clinton and Schultz loved the Democratic Party dearly, they “leeched it of its vitality and were continuing to do so.”
“I knew that these three did not do this with malice. I knew if you woke any of them up in the middle of the night to ask them how they felt about the Democratic Party they would answer with sincerity that they loved this party and all it had done for the country and for them. Yet they had leeched it of its vitality and were continuing to do so,” Brazile wrote.
Brazile, who assumed the DNC role in the interim following Schultz’s resignation in 2016 after a trove of leaked emails showed the committee conspired to sabotage Senator Bernie Sanders’s campaign, has been facing heat for speaking critically against members in her own party in recent months.
“As I saw it, these three titanic egos–Barack, Hillary, and Debbie–had stripped the party to a shell for their own purposes,” Brazile wrote.
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Throughout Hillary Clinton’s second unsuccessful bid for the presidency last year, there were repeated signs that her health was not good and actually getting worse.
Natural News’ founder and editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, was among the first in the independent media to report on it, in fact. In August, after Clinton was photographed being helped up a short flight of steps at a residence, Adams wrote that it was just the latest proof in a multi-year body of evidence that her health was failing:
For at least the last five years, scary signs of Hillary Clinton’s plummeting health have continued to emerge. From her bizarre in-speech “blackouts” to her repeated monstrous coughing fits and her seizure-like bobble head behavior, many people have legitimately wondered whether Hillary Clinton is in the midst of a neurological or cognitive collapse.
For that Adams and the few other indie media outlets who were tracking Hillary’s health decline were pilloried by so-called “fact-checking” websites like Politifact who described the reporting as hysterically false and decidedly ‘anti-Clinton,’ while at the same time appearing to lend credibility to “mainstream” media reporting that something is mentally wrong with then-GOP presidential contender Donald J. Trump.
Now, thanks to revelations contained in former DNC head and longtime Democratic operative Donna Brazile’s new book, “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House,” we know that Adams and Natural News were right and the “fact-checkers” and lamestream media outlets were covering up for their preferred candidate.
Brazile’s book “has thrown open a new and very big window on 2016 — and exposed yet again the consequences of the political biases of the Democratic media,” writes Michael Goodwin for The New York Post, regarding the media’s disgustingly dishonest lack of coverage.
“The missed stories are not merely the result of mistakes or sloppy reporting. Brazile’s book is a revelation in that it shows that many left-leaning journalists didn’t so much cover Clinton as cover up for her,” Goodwin noted further. (Related: Hillary Clinton’s worsening coughing fits point to massive hidden health problem.)
Consider this, Goodwin proffered: Brazile admitted that Hillary’s declining health was so much of an issue that, during the peak of her campaign, she thought of replacing her with then-Vice President Joe Biden — but none of the thousands of mainstream media reporters covering her campaign ever knew that?
How likely is that, especially given the many public displays of Clinton in poor health?
“It’s not possible — if the media had been playing it down the middle and holding both candidates to the same standard of scrutiny,” Goodwin writes. But this massive story was “missed” because the coverage was so skewed in an effort to ensure Trump’s defeat.
By contrast, as noted in the Politifact piece referenced above, any insinuation completely devoid of facts that suggested there was something — anything — wrong with Trump became the lead story in the day’s political news cycle.
But anything that might harm Clinton or make her look physically unable to hold office was downplayed, ignored outright or ridiculed. The Washington Post’s political writer Chris Cillizza is emblematic of the bias. He once denounced stories about Clinton’s declining health as “a totally ridiculous issue” and a “sure-fire loser” for Trump.
“It’s hard to plausibly insist, based on the available data, that Clinton is ill,” Cillizza, now at CNN, wrote.
“The coverage of Clinton’s health was a prime example of the tilt. Her coughing fits, especially a long one on Labor Day, and a history of falling were pointed out by the popular Drudge Report, some Republicans and smaller, conservative-leaning sites to suggest she was not being honest about her health,” Goodwin noted.
As we know now thanks to Brazile’s revelations, Clinton’s health was so poor the DNC chief thought about replacing her.
Once again, the independent media was right. Oh, and if you want real media fact-checking, head over to our network site MediaFactWatch.com.
Read more of J.D. Heyes’ work at The National Sentinel.
A new book by Donna Brazile, the former interim chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), has been making headlines for its controversial claims about the 2016 presidential election and the Hillary Clinton campaign. But the provocative points start even before the first chapter, as Brazile reportedly dedicated the book in part to Seth Rich, the DNC staffer whose murder launched a conspiracy theory.
Axios reported on Sunday that the book’s dedication reads, “In loving memory of my father, Lionel Brazile Sr.; my beloved sister, Sheila Brazioutlanle; my fearless uncles Nat, Floyd, and Douglas; Harlem’s finest, my aunt Lucille; my friend and mentor, David Kaufmann; my DNC colleague and patriot, Seth Rich; and my beloved Pomeranian, Chip Joshua Marvin Brazile (Booty Wipes). I miss y’all.”
Rich, 27, was fatally shot in July 2016 while walking home late at night in Washington, D.C. The police believe the shooting was a robbery gone wrong. But Rich worked for the DNC, and WikiLeaks published thousands of emails from the committee two weeks after his death. That timeline provoked theories that Rich had given the materials to WikiLeaks and that his death was an attempt to stop him from doing so, or to punish him for it.
Media reports had characterized Rich as a low-level staffer, and his parents wrote in an opinion piece for The Washington Post in May, “Those who have suggested that Seth’s role as a data analyst at the DNC gave him access to a wide trove of emails are simply incorrect.”
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The recent revelations exposed by former Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile were given a surprising amount of airtime on Sunday on the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC), certainly way more than when the news first broke. While some were trying to defend Hillary Clinton or attack Brazile, others were trying to get Democrats to answer serious questions about it. One of those was CBS’s Face the Nation moderator John Dickerson, who grilled Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner on the implications it would have on his state’s gubernatorial election.
“Final question, the former DNC chairman Donna Brazile has dropped a bomb this week saying basically the Democratic National Committee was rigged for Hillary Clinton in her favor. Do you believe that’s true,” Dickerson wondered.
Warner tried to deflect, claiming he was more focused on the governor’s race. “Listen, I have seen some of the press reports. What I’m a lot more focused on, we’ve got a really critical election coming up in two days in Virginia where we elect the governor,” he said. “I hope it’s going to be Ralph Northam our Democratic candidates. That’s where I’m focused.”
“The most important thing they can do is get out and vote on Tuesday and hopefully Ralph Northam the next governor,” Warner continued. But Dickerson countered by reminding his guest that the question of a corrupt party was something that could keep supports away from the polls.
“But the problem is Democrats don’t want to get out and vote if they think their party is corrupt, which is the charge Brazile is making,” he exclaimed. “So if you don’t address the corrupt part, how do you get people to vote for a Democratic candidate?”
Warner continued to ignore the seriousness of Dickerson’s question and kept the focus on the Virginia race. “Well, I can tell you there’s a heck of a lot of enthusiasm. I don’t believe the Democratic Party is corrupt,” he said. “I believe the Democratic Party is best when it’s forward-leaning. I think we got that kind of candidate running in Virginia right now.” He also tried to make President Trump the focus of the race.
Dickerson ended the interview after the Senator finished since they appeared to be at the end of Warner’s available time.
The Big Three Network had certainly treated the Brazile scandal far more seriously than the recent Clinton-uranium and Clinton/DNC-Russia collusion scandals. Perhaps it’s because it implicates the entire Democratic Party apparatus and could further drive a wedge between the party establishment and the far-left Bernie Sanders supporters. Whatever the reason, it’s clear the networks were more concerned with quelling Democratic Party infighting while they touted and added fuel to Republican ones.
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Face the Nation
November 5, 2017
10:39:50 AM Eastern
JOHN DICKERSON: Final question, the former DNC chairman Donna Brazile has dropped a bomb this week saying basically the Democratic National Committee was rigged for Hillary Clinton in her favor. Do you believe that’s true?
SEN. MARK WARNER: Listen, I have seen some of the press reports. What I’m a lot more focused on, we’ve got a really critical election coming up in two days in Virginia where we elect the governor. I hope it’s going to be Ralph Northam our Democratic candidates. That’s where I’m focused. And a lot of folks in Virginia are frustrated with what’s going on. Particularly from this administration. The most important thing they can do is get out and vote on Tuesday and hopefully Ralph Northam the next governor.
DICKERSON: But the problem is Democrats don’t want to get out and vote if they think their party is corrupt, which is the charge Brazile is making. So if you don’t address the corrupt part, how do you get people to vote for a Democratic candidate?
WARNER: Well, I can tell you there’s a heck of a lot of enthusiasm. I don’t believe the Democratic Party is corrupt. I believe the Democratic Party is best when it’s forward-leaning. I think we got that kind of candidate running in Virginia right now. I’m going the leave here and crisscross southwest Virginia to try to help get out the vote. And I hope on Tuesday night we’re going to have great victory both from the Virginia standpoint but also sends a message that some of the actions of this president are at least not acceptable in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
DICKERSON: Senator, thanks so much for being with us.
Former Democratic National Committee (DNC) interim chairwoman Donna Brazile writes in a new book that it “broke my heart” when she discovered evidence that she said showed Hillary Clinton’s campaign fixed the Democratic nomination system in her favor.
In an excerpt from “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House” that was provided to Politico, Brazile explains how she was tasked with investigating the DNC after hacked emails suggested the Clinton campaign fixed the nomination.
“By September 7, the day I called Bernie, I had found my proof and it broke my heart,” Brazile wrote, referring to Clinton’s challenger, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
Brazile described an agreement between the Clinton campaign, the DNC, and Clinton’s joint fundraising committee with the committee that said the campaign would “control the party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised.” The arrangement was made to financially help the party, which was in significant debt following the 2012 reelection campaign of former President Barack Obama, she added.
“The campaign had the DNC on life support, giving it money every month to meet its basic expenses, while the campaign was using the party as a fund-raising clearing house,” Brazile wrote.
Brazile noted that the agreement was signed in August of 2015, effectively giving Clinton control of the party almost one year before she secured the nomination.
“The funding arrangement … was not illegal, but it sure looked unethical,” Brazile wrote.
“If the fight had been fair, one campaign would not have control of the party before the voters had decided which one they wanted to lead. This was not a criminal act, but as I saw it, it compromised the party’s integrity.”
Brazile’s revelations add to criticism from supporters of Sanders, who ran an unsuccessful insurgent campaign against Clinton in the Democratic primary.
Brazil also criticized Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), who helmed the DNC as chairwoman before Brazile assumed the role of interim chair, as “not a very good manager” who was not “very interested in controlling the party.”
“The party chair usually shrinks the staff between presidential election campaigns, but Debbie had chosen not to do that. She had stuck lots of consultants on the DNC payroll, and Obama’s consultants were being financed by the DNC, too,” Brazile wrote
(INTELLIHUB) — The private investigator who spent months looking into the mysterious murder of former DNC staffer Seth Rich told a Fox News reporter that longtime Clinton operative Donna Brazile behaved like a person of interest in the case, according to a report by Big League Politics.
The shocking report cited text messages between Rod Wheeler and Fox News reporter Malia Zimmerman the day before Zimmerman released a much attacked piece about the Rich murder.
In one of the text exchanges, Wheeler claims that he spoke to Rich’s father who told him that former interim chair of the Democratic National Party Donna Brazile had called the family to inquire why Wheeler was snooping around.
“Additionally I talked with Joel Rich today via telephone to give him an update as to what are some of the concerns that I am finding with the investigation. Joel admitted to me that when I first got involved with this investigation and I started calling the police detective, Joel said Rod do you really know the reason why the Detective did not call you back when you were calling him? I said no what was the reason,” wrote Wheeler.
“Joel said that when I called the police department right after that Donna Brazil called him and was asking him why was I snooping around asking questions about the death of Seth and his working relationships at the DNC. I was startled to learn that Donna Brazil even knew that I had reached out to the police department.”
Wheeler then went on to directly state that Brazile was literally acting like a person of interest in the murder.
“So basically when I called the police department that information was immediately given to Donna Brazil and she caught Joe wanting to know why I was inquiring about Seth relationships at the DNC,” Wheeler continued. “As a police investigator that automatically makes me think that Donna Brazil is in a category of persons of interest as it relates to the death of Seth rich.”
Keep in mind that Brazile already has a long history of working with and for the Clinton machine, even going as far as giving the Hillary campaign townhall questions ahead of a debate through her work at CNN.
Brazile has also been instrumental in pushing the largely discredited narrative that Russia caused Clinton to lose the election despite evidence that indicates that at least some of the hacks cited actually originated from the DNC itself!