Former CNN pundit Donna Brazile was dismissed from the news agency after revelations that she leaked debate questions to the Clinton campaign. The Wikileaks hacks of the Democratic National Committee showed that the Democratic strategist was passing along questions for a primary Town Hall.
On Friday, Brazile penned an op-ed for Time Magazine in which she condemned a possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives. In that editorial, she called for a “thorough and independent investigation” into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
She also claimed that “by stealing all the DNC’s emails and then selectively releasing those few, the Russians made it look like I was in the tank for Secretary Clinton.” But she denied any favoritism against Bernie Sanders’ campaign; however, she did write that sending emails to Clinton’s team is “a mistake I will forever regret.”
Brazile declared that she received support from “top Sanders campaign aides in the wake of those leaks” but “that media narrative played out just as the Russians had hoped, leaving Sanders supporters understandably angry and sowing division in our ranks.”
Supporters of the self-declared “democratic socialist” were similar in some respects to supporters of President Trump–they were fiercely loyal and felt ostracized by politicians in Washington, D.C. In the wake of emails that were released by Wikileaks, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned from her post.
Brazile blasted the DNC hacks, writing, “This is not just the price of politics. This is not normal. We cannot let this stand. Our democratic process itself was attacked and harmed, and all Americans should be concerned.” She is the first African-American woman to direct a major presidential campaign as she was the campaign manager for Al Gore’s failed presidential run in 2000.