On Wednesday morning, former DNC chairman Donna Brazile, who had already lacerated Hillary Clinton, claiming the DNC made a deal with the Clinton campaign to give Clinton more power in exchange for financial backing, went much further, calling the Clinton campaign a “cult.”
Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Brazile insisted that her charges against Clinton were not to promote her new book, Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House, but rather about “making much needed changes and reform inside the party.”
Scarborough prompted Brazile’s remarks by stating:
A year later, Donald Trump is president. I still believe not because of Donald Trump but because of mistakes the Clinton campaign made, as well as James Comey, as well as the Russians; I’ll put it all in there. But it should have never been a close race. So bottom line it for us. Bottom line it for us: why did they lose? Was it at the end of the day, arrogance?
Yes, Joe. It was a cult. I felt like it was a cult. You could not penetrate them. I’m a grassroot organizer. I know street politics better than I know sweet politics. I know how to touch people where they live, work, play and pray, but I cannot do it. I cannot help a candidate, Joe, if I don’t have the resources, if I cannot spend the resources that the party is raising because there’s a blind agreement between a campaign … and again, I want our party to come back from this stronger.
I like what Tom Perez is doing; I know he said this not is about my book, baby, I know it is not about my book. It’s about making much needed changes and reform inside the party. I have sat at the table; I want to make room for others to sit at the table, but you’ve gotta come into the room knowing that you gotta change the recipe. Yesterday was a wake-up call for the Democrats, too, because you know what? It’s coming from the bottom up. It’s not coming from the top down any more; it’s bottom-up politics now.