On Monday, Fox News announced that former interim Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile would be joining the network as a contributor.
During the 2016 election, Brazile was widely criticized after emails surfaced proving she shared questions with the Hillary Clinton campaign ahead of a CNN-hosted town hall hosted with opponent Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Brazile lost her job at CNN shortly after, The Daily Wire reported. After initially denying any wrongdoing, Brazile wrote in an essay in TIME that “sending those emails was a mistake I will forever regret.”
While commenting on the announcement, Brazile acknowledged that she believes she may be criticized by progressives for joining the network.
“My response is that, if we’ve learned anything from the 2016 election, it is that we can’t have a country where we don’t talk to those who disagree with our political views,” Brazile said. “There’s an audience on Fox News that doesn’t hear enough Democrats. We have to engage that audience and show Americans of every stripe what we stand for rather than retreat into our ‘safe spaces’ where we simply agree with each other.”
Brazile penned a piece on Fox News announcing her new position, titled “Why I am excited to join Fox News and take part in a civil – and sensible – debate.”
“I am excited by the opportunity to share my perspective and views with the Fox News audience and to help shape the dialogue at this important juncture in our history,” Brazile began. “More importantly, I’m eager to learn from the experience.”
Brazile wrote she is concerned “that our national debate has become hostile and disrespectful.”
“We no longer simply agree to disagree,” she continued. “Too often we demonize the intentions of others. Our lines of communication are frayed, if not broken.”
In the article, Brazile encourages civility but admits in her previous positions as a campaign staffer, presidential campaign manager, and Democrat Party official, that she lacked civility, claiming it has been “on full display.”
“I should have been wise enough and humble enough to have listened to my mother, Jean, who so often would tell me, the third of nine children, to shut up and allow my siblings to speak, and to listen — really listen — to what they had to say,” Brazile wrote. “She knew I wasn’t listening so much as I was pausing before launching again into an argument. My mother tried to teach us Brazile kids a lesson we all need to heed as citizens: Listen more, talk less. Be civil to one another. Find common ground. Contempt is hatred towards others. These are the lessons and the attitude I will bring to Fox News.”
Brazile claimed that she is “stepping out of my comfort zone” and encourages others to do the same.
“My beliefs will be challenged, and I welcome it,” she said. “Will I agree with my fellow commentators at Fox News? Probably not. But I will listen.”
She also said that she will “freely admit the weaknesses in liberal arguments and the strength in conservative positions.”
“To leave the world a better place, you need to help make the world a better place. Just as it takes many ingredients to make a good gumbo, it will require listening to many voices before we are able to move forward as one people. And that’s exactly why I am so excited to join the honest and passionate debate at Fox News about our future. I invite you to join me,” Brazile concluded.
UPDATE: A source close to the situation said Brazile will not have anything to do with Fox News’ debate or town hall process.