Former DNC chair Donna Brazile wrote in her explosive new memoir, that she sincerely considered replacing Hillary Clinton as the party’s 2016 presidential nominee with then Vice President Biden.
Brazile describes in her book, “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House,” Clinton’s campaign – stating it was “anemic” and had taken on “the odor of failure.” There hasn’t been such a scalding tell-all book since George Stephanopoulos wrote “All Too Human,” the 1999 memoir describing his time working with former President Bill Clinton.
She describes Clinton as someone who took minority constituencies for granted and made mistakes with “stiff” and “stupid” messages, and who’s campaign was completely lacking in passion. Brazile outs Clinton’s top aides as being completely disrespectful towards her, and states that they put the DNC on a “starvation diet,” depriving it of much needed funds.
“I’m not Patsey the slave,” Brazile recalls telling them, a reference to the character played by Lupita Nyong’o in the film, “12 Years a Slave.” “Y’all keep whipping me and whipping me and you never give me any money or any way to do my damn job. I am not going to be your whipping girl!”
In the book, Brazile reveals how fissures of race, gender and age tore at the heart of the operation — even as Clinton was campaigning on a message of inclusiveness and trying to assemble a rainbow coalition under the banner of “Stronger Together,” the Washington Post reports.
Brazile details her inheritance of the DNC chair from Debbie Wasserman Schultz, including her office that was adorned with “tropical pink” walls which she found hard on the eyes, and what she calls “ridiculous” perks. A Chevrolet Tahoe with driver and a personal entourage that included an assistant known as a body woman, were among fringe benefits that Brazile thought were ludicrous.