Interim Democratic National Committee chairman Donna Brazile has questioned the legitimacy of President-elect Donald Trump’s victory on Election Day, claiming that Russia’s alleged interference has “tainted” the result.
During an interview with ABC’s Martha Raddatz, Brazile was asked whether she believed that Trump’s win was legitimate.
“No,” she replied, drawing a comparison between Trump’s victory and the 2000 presidential election that saw George W. Bush triumph over Al Gore despite losing the popular vote by a narrow margin.
Brazile went on to insist that Trump unfairly used the information contained in the DNC and Podesta leaks to “sow division,” noting that she was “very disappointed” that his campaign publicized many of the damning facts unearthed by the leaks.
Raddatz then asked if the election was legitimate, to which Brazile opined: “The election is… was tainted by this intrusion.”
Conceding that the Democratic party and Hillary Clinton’s campaign failed by not campaigning hard enough to hold on to the blue wall – which includes Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, all states carried by Trump – Brazile blamed “a foreign adversary” for obtaining hacked emails in order to “weaponize” them against Clinton.
Brazile was the vice chair of the DNC when leaked emails from the organization showed that chairman Debbie Wasserman-Schulz had helped to rig the primary contest against Bernie Sanders.
When Wasserman-Schulz resigned in the wake of the scandal, Brazile assumed an interim leadership position, only for a new wave of leaks to reveal that she had covertly given debate questions to the Clinton campaign.
Watch the full interview between Raddatz and Brazile below: