In another bombshell excerpt from the same book that revealed the Clinton campaign’s stranglehold on the Democratic National Committee, former DNC interim chair Donna Brazile revealed that she almost replaced Hillary Clinton with Joe Biden after her 9/11 fainting spell.
Brazile’s tell-all election memoir – which generated a firestorm of controversy by describing how Clinton’s campaign essentially stacked the primary contest against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) by holding the DNC’s purse strings – recalled how Clinton’s listless campaign only became more damaged after Clinton collapsed following a Ground Zero memorial service.
“Again and again I thought about Joe Biden,” she writes. “(But) no matter my doubts and my fears about the election and Hillary as a candidate, I could not make good on my threat to replace her.”
She went on to describe the conditions at the Clinton campaign’s Brooklyn headquarters as dire. “Calm and antiseptic like a hospital,” she writes. “It had that techno-hush, as if someone had died. I felt like I should whisper. Everybody’s fingers were on their keyboards, and no one was looking at anyone else. You half-expected to see someone in a lab coat walk by.”
Brazile wasn’t the only one who felt that Clinton’s 9/11 wobble was a tipping point. She claims that representatives of Biden, Sanders, and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley also suggested a last-second swap, but she finally decided against it.
“I thought of Hillary, and all the women in the country who were so proud and excited about her. I could not do this to them,” she writes.
After Brazile’s account of Clinton’s DNC takeover went viral, she took to Twitter to accuse the president of misconstruing her account.
“Today’s lesson: Being quoted by Donald Trump means being MIS-quoted by Donald Trump,” she wrote. “Stop trolling me.”
Dropping the #NeverSaidHillaryRiggedElection hashtag – which appears to be semantically true, if not corroborated by her memoir excerpts – Brazile implored: “Mr President, please – go back to attacking me. It’s better than having my own words scrambled and spewed out by you.”