Former Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair Donna Brazile’s book debuted today at No. 4 on Amazon’s best seller list. Her powerful new tell-all, which has dominated media coverage over the last week, is already sold out.
Excerpts from “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House” were leaked to the press last week, including explosive revelations about a deal the DNC made with twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
Brazile disclosed her findings regarding the deal in which the Clinton campaign would infuse the DNC with money. According to Brazile, former President Barack Obama had left the DNC with little funds and in need of the cash. In exchange for her financial contributions, Clinton was given a say in hiring decisions and a voice for her opinion about how the funds were to be spent, even before becoming the party’s nominee.
According to the memorandum that detailed the deal, other potential candidates could have entered into a similar agreement with the DNC.
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was not given the same option, however. His campaign was told that if he raised enough money, he would also be extended some privileges, but according to his former campaign associates, the requirements were not fair and the deck was stacked against him. They were also never offered to have input in hiring.
Brazile has also suggested that the authority the Clinton camp had under the agreement went beyond “standard” joint-fundraising agreements and that a “separate,” undisclosed deal also existed.
The former DNC leader revealed that she’d considered replacing Clinton with then-Vice President Joe Biden after Clinton fainted in New York City during the annual 9/11 ceremony. She said she knew Clinton was plagued by pneumonia when she fainted, and that she was generally “wobbly on her feet” and had a “rattled cough.”
After considering a ticket with Biden and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Brazile said, “I thought of Hillary and all the women in the country who were so proud of and excited about her. I could not do this to them.”
Brazile also related that Clinton campaign staffers made her feel like a slave. The Washington Post reports:
Brazile alleges that Clinton’s top aides routinely disrespected her and put the DNC on a “starvation diet,” depriving it of funding for voter turnout operations.
As one of her party’s most prominent black strategists, Brazile also recounts fiery disagreements with Clinton’s staffers — including a conference call in which she told three senior campaign officials, Charlie Baker, Marlon Marshall and Dennis Cheng, that she was being treated like a slave.
“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!”
When the contents of the book were leaked, Brazile’s stories of the dysfunctional Democratic National Committee were a hot topic in the media and a point of contention for Democratic representatives.
Now that it has been officially released, it’s ranked No. 1 on Amazon’s “corruption & misconduct” list. Although it is currently sold out, according to Amazon, the unavailability is only temporary; the title can still be ordered and will be delivered “when available.”
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