Hillary Clinton’s former campaign staffers published an open letter in the wake of bombshell accusations by former interim Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile that Clinton controlled the group during much of the fight for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination.
The letter was published Saturday in Medium as DNC chairman Tom Perez said in a statement ― also on Medium ― that the 2020 nominating process would be “unquestionably fair and transparent.” He said he is “more committed than ever before to restoring voters’ faith in our democratic process because even the perception of ... an unfair advantage undermines our ability to win. That is unacceptable.”
Brazile’s book, “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House,” claims that the Clinton campaign was keeping the DNC afloat financially. In return, Clinton expected to “wield control of its operations,” Brazile said, even before her nomination as the Democratic presidential candidate. (Read the excerpt in Politico.)
The open letter signed by more than 100 people involved in Clinton’s White House bid, including chairman John Podesta and vice chairwoman Huma Abedin, said the staffers “do not recognize the campaign” that Brazile “portrays in the book.”
They also say they are “shocked” that Brazile reportedly considered for a time pushing Vice President Joe Biden as the Democratic candidate amid her concerns about Clinton’s health after she fainted during a Sept. 11 memorial event.
“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 said.
Brazile’s consideration of Biden as a candidate — with Sen. Corey Booker (D-N.J.) as his vice president — was reported by The Washington Post, which obtained an early copy of the book.
The Post also reported that Brazile bristled over her treatment by members of the Clinton campaign.
“I’m not Patsey the slave,” Brazile said she told them, referring to a character 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!”
There was no immediate response to the open letter from Brazile.
Brazile took over the DNC position in July 2016. She replaced Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, who was forced out after WikiLeaks released hacked emails that showed her displaying favoritism for Clinton during the primaries.
Brazile “came in to take over the DNC at a very difficult time,” the open letter from the Clinton staffers noted. “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.”
Brazile has found herself in the uncomfortable position of being cited by President Donald Trump. He referred to Brazile’s revelations in a tweet calling for a federal investigation of Clinton and the Democrats. Brazile told Trump to stop “trolling” her and stop misquoting her.
Donna Brazile just stated the DNC RIGGED the system to illegally steal the Primary from Bernie Sanders. Bought and paid for by Crooked H....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2017
....This is real collusion and dishonesty. Major violation of Campaign Finance Laws and Money Laundering - where is our Justice Department?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2017
Today’s lesson: Being quoted by Donald Trump means being MIS-quoted by Donald Trump. Stop trolling me. #NeverSaidHillaryRiggedElection— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) November 3, 2017
Mr President, please—go back to attacking me. It’s better than having my own words scrambled and spewed out by you.— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) November 3, 2017
Brazile says in the book she believed Russians were involved in the hacked WikiLeaks emails, the Post reports. Brazile said she tried to persuade Republican officials to agree to a joint statement condemning Russian interference, but they ignored her entreaties.
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.