According to the former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Donna Brazile, she didn’t play favorites during the presidential campaign. But everything went according to the Russians’ plans, because only relatively few emails that seemed to show collusion between the DNC and the Clinton campaign were released, and they were taken out of context. Here’s what Brazile had to say in an op-ed in Time:
Then in October, a subsequent release of emails revealed that among the many things I did in my role as a Democratic operative and D.N.C. Vice Chair prior to assuming the interim D.N.C. Chair position was to share potential town hall topics with the Clinton campaign. I had been working behind the scenes to add more town hall events and debates to the primary calendar, and I helped ensure those events included diverse moderators and addressed topics vital to minority communities. My job was to make all our Democratic candidates look good, and I worked closely with both campaigns to make that happen. But sending those emails was a mistake I will forever regret.
By stealing all the DNC’s emails and then selectively releasing those few, the Russians made it look like I was in the tank for Secretary Clinton. Despite the strong, public support I received from top Sanders campaign aides in the wake of those leaks, the media narrative played out just as the Russians had hoped, leaving Sanders supporters understandably angry and sowing division in our ranks. In reality, not only was I not playing favorites, the more competitive and heated the primary got, the harder D.N.C. staff worked to be scrupulously fair and beyond reproach. In all the months the Russians monitored the D.N.C.’s email, they found just a handful of inappropriate emails, with no sign of anyone taking action to disadvantage the Sanders campaign.
The D.N.C., a political party committee dedicated in part to defending free and fair elections, was attacked by the Russians while the Republican nominee for president openly encouraged it. This was not a Hollywood movie about rogue spies and super agents. This was real life.
We still don’t know if Russians hacked the DNC’s and John Podesta’s emails. As we know, anyone could have hacked and left a “fingerprint” that resembles that of someone else for the purpose of framing them for the hacking. Or, if Wikileaks is to be believed, no one hacked them. It was simply a whistleblower.
Brazile’s recounting of her dealings with the DNC was in the context of alleged collusion between the Russians and Trump surrogates and the need for an independent investigation.
This is and probably will continue to be the Democrats’ silver bullet to bring Trump down. But as it is most of the time, there really is no such thing in politics as a true silver bullet.
Hillary Clinton lost, because she was perceived to be the worse candidate. It had nothing to do with Wikileaks or the Russians.
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