The senior editor of National Review, Jonah Goldberg, said in a Fox News interview that the new book by former Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile vindicates claims made by Sen. Bernie Sanders that the Democratic party’s primary race was rigged in favor of Hillary Clinton. Brazile charges in “Hacked” that Clinton resolved the party’s huge debts and took over, thereafter rigging the nomination process.

In an excerpt published at POLITICO, Brazile writes: "When I was asked to run the Democratic Party after the Russians hacked our emails, I stumbled onto a shocking truth about the Clinton campaign." Brazile became interim chair of the DNC in July 2016 after Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz left the position as controversy swirled around the release of DNC emails, ostensibly hacked by Russians. "By September 7, the day I called Bernie [Sanders], I had found my proof and it broke my heart," she wrote. 

In the interview, Goldberg said that Sanders’s claims were derided at the time by Clinton’s supporters as “paranoid” and "conspiracy theories." Goldberg said, "This proves him entirely right. ... The thing was rigged. Hillary Clinton had basically taken over the Democratic Party." 

Paying tribute to Brazile, Goldberg said she is an "honorable and decent person," adding that they have been acquainted for two decades. They once appeared regularly together on a CNN Sunday show. He noted that the Democratic party was "in shambles" and facing huge debts because of Barack Obama’s two presidential campaigns. To Goldberg, this meant that the DNC was vulnerable and thus allowed Clinton to "basically bribe them [into] handing over the keys.”

Goldberg added, "This really does demonstrate that the Clintons are done in the Democratic Party. Donna Brazile would not be writing this if the Clintons were still a viable force."

At the Conservative Tree House website, "Sundance" hazarded a theory about why Brazile decided to make the revelations now:

"Timed to happen in the lead in to the holiday season just ahead of the 2018 primary races is coordinated and planned by all of the participants. The goal is to get the Bernie people, who are genuinely the grassroots of the far-left, activated and back into the Democrat Party Apparatus. The only alternative would have been dissolution of the party and the formation of a new Democrat party; but that would be too challenging.

"The article by Brazile is simply part of a plan to reset and re-brand the Democrat Party. Clinton is removed, and President Obama will be leveraged toward rebuilding the internal coalition of progressives to include the Bernie Crew. In exchange for his participation, Obama will get a fully funded library and a life-long personal endowment. The sheeple masses remain as they are……nothing more."

Seconding Brazile, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) say "yes," when asked by Jake Tapper of CNN if the DNC was “rigged” for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential primary. “This is a real problem,” Warren said. “What we’ve gotta do as Democrats now is we’ve got to hold this party accountable.”



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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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