Saturday, October 22, 2016
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Persecution happens all of the time in this cold, cruel world. People in China and Russia being jailed for their political beliefs. Christians being slaughtered by the Islamic State barbarians. The head of the Democratic National Committeebeing asked why she slipped a critical question to Hillary Clinton before a televised town hall.
If one of those things doesn’t sound like persecution to you, don’t tell the DNC’s Donna Brazile. The way she lost it when Fox News’ Megyn Kelly challenged her on live TV Wednesday night was telling indeed.
During a debate-night appearance on “The Kelly File,” Brazile said that “as a Christian woman, I understand persecution,” and that Kelly asking her any questions about the purloined material was just that.
Here’s the backstory: Brazile, a Clinton functionary and former high-profile contributor at CNN, became head of the DNC after Debbie Wasserman Schultz was forced to resign due to hacked emails released by WikiLeaks on the eve of the Democratic National Convention. Those emails indicated Wasserman Schultz used the DNC as a de facto arm of the Clinton campaign against Bernie Sanders during the primaries.
Wasserman Schultz wasn’t the only DNC head to be taken out by WikiLeaks, though. When Clinton campaign manager John Podesta’s email archives were plumbed by the group, it found a stunning email from Brazile, passing on a question ahead of the CNN town hall back in March.
According to RealClearPolitics, the email was titled, “From time to time I get the questions in advance.”
“Here’s one that worries me about HRC. DEATH PENALTY 19 states and the District of Columbia have banned the death penalty. 31 states, including Ohio, still have the death penalty. According to the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, since 1973, 156 people have been on death row and later set free. Since 1976, 1,414 people have been executed in the U.S. That’s 11% of Americans who were sentenced to die, but later exonerated and freed. Should Ohio and the 30 other states join the current list and abolish the death penalty?” the email read.
The question was then asked by Roland Martin at the CNN town hall. When confronted about the email by Kelly, Brazile responded, “Well, Kelly, as I play straight up and with you, I did not receive any questions from CNN.”
From CNN? Was that a Hillary-like, lawyerly dodge with just enough wiggle room to claim that truth was a distant cousin? Watch for yourself:
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Asked how she got the question she passed along to help Hillary prepare, she first played dumb, and then played the persecution card.
“As a Christian woman, I understand persecution. your information is false,” Brazile said “What you’re — well, for suggestive emails were stolen. You’re interested and you’re like a thief that wants to bring into the night the things that.”
If that sounds a bit like an an e e cummings poem to you, you’re not alone. Brazile later said that it was “falsified information,” while studiously avoiding any sort of denial of writing the suspect email to Clinton’s campaign chairman.
“Megyn, I’ll say it on the record. I’m not going to try to validate falsified information,” Brazile said.
“I have my documents. I have my files. Thank God I have not had my personal emails ripped off from me and stolen and given to some criminals to come back altered. I have my records and files. And as i said repeatedly, CNN, I never received anything.”
Really, Donna. You’ve been friends with the Clintons for how long and you can’t spin and dance better than that?
In case you’re keeping score, there have been two heads of the Democratic National Committee this year, and both have been caught unethically assisting the Clinton campaign. It’s worth pointing out Brazile did it before she was the head of the DNC.
It’s also worth pointing out that Donna Brazile’s title is still an interim one. Given her performance on “The Kelly File” Wednesday, I wouldn’t start buying office furniture yet.
What do you think about Donna Brazile's statement?