Lots of excitement in Hillary Hater Land this week as it seemed like former Democratic National Committee head Donna Brazile cracked open a “terrible secret” – that the Hillary Clinton campaign had somehow hijacked the DNC for her own purposes before she was even the nominee for the party.
This all came to light as an excerpt from Brazile’s upcoming book was published earlier this week.
Cries of “Rigged!” rang out among “Bernie Bros” and Republicans alike.
“See! She was dishonest. Lock her up!”
Turns out the memo Donna Brazile referenced applied only to the general election. This kind of memo/agreement has been standard operating procedure for the DNC for 15 years.
Here’s part of the memo that no one really took time to read:
“Nothing in this agreement shall be construed to violate the DNC’s obligation of impartiality and neutrality through the Nominating process. All activities performed under this agreement will be focused exclusively on preparations for the General Election and not the Democratic Primary.”
You will note that the entire agreement pertains only to the General Election, not the primary season.
The cash-strapped DNC needed Hillary Clinton’s impressive fundraising powers in 2015. And so, they agreed to give her campaign input on some party hiring and spending decisions but related only to preparations for the general election, not the primary season.
It turns out Bernie Sanders signed the exact same agreement.
So, move along folks. Yet another example of “nothing to see here.”
The full memo can be read here.
Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon shared this on Twitter:
The reality is, the reason Bernie never raised into a joint general election fund w/ the DNC is because he never expected to win the primary— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) November 4, 2017
And Brazile backed off the claim: