Speaking at a Democratic party event in Phoenix, Donna Brazile -- the interim chair of the Democratic National Committee -- admitted today that her party "got cocky" in the 2016 election fight. In line with other Democrats, such as Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, she also blamed Russian hackers for Hillary Clinton’s defeat. 
 
In her introductory remarks, Brazile said, “We failed. We came up short." Brazile said during introductory remarks. "We made some serious mistakes. Some strategic errors. We got cocky about our invincible blue wall and then we saw it crumble because of just a few thousand votes in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin."
 
Brazile said that Russian hackers managed to "denigrate" Clinton’s candidacy and contribute to her loss, while she also blamed "extraordinary circumstances."
 
"They turned our own media into a weapon," Brazile said. "They hired an army of trolls to spread lies and distract from the real issues."
 
Emails released by the WikiLeaks organization revealed that Brazile, who was a contributor to CNN at the time, passed on suggested material to Clinton in advance of a debate with Sen. Bernie Sanders in Flint, Michigan. A WikiLeaks email dump revealed that he had transmitted an email on March 5, 2016, to campaign chair John Podesta and advisor Jennifer Palmieri bearing the title: "One of the questions directed to HRC tomorrow is from a woman with a rash." The body of the email read that "her family has lead poison and she will ask what, if anything, will Hillary do as president to help the ppl of Flint." At the subsequent debate in Flint, Clinton fielded a similar question from Mikki Wade, a woman whose family suffered lead poisoning due to Flint’s water crisis. 
 
But it was not until mid-October 2016 that CNN accepted Brazile’s resignation. She had been interim chair of the Democratic party since July.


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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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