Brazile at U. of C.: ‘Mama has to eat!’
She’s been attacked by many of her former allies for airing dirty laundry in public, but former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Donna Brazile took no prisoners Monday night in Chicago, telling a crowd, “Mama has to eat!”
Excerpts from Brazile’s new book, in which she revealed that she at one point considered replacing Hillary Clinton with Joe Biden in the 2016 presidential campaign, and argued that a deal the Clinton campaign made to help get the national party out of debt gave Clinton unfair leverage in her primary race against Bernie Sanders, created a firestorm among Democrats.
But Brazile — who was criticized by fellow Democrats for releasing her book, “Hacks,” on the eve of elections last week — made no apologies during her appearance at the University of Chicago.
“Wounds don’t heal if you don’t expose them,” she said. “You’ve got to clean those wounds.”
A combative Brazile hardly let moderator Fred Hochberg get a word in edgewise, sassing her former employer CNN (“What you have to do now on TV is insult the other person”); the president (“unfit”); and “arrogant” Clinton campaign staffers who “disrespected” her (“I don’t have to give anyone any kisses — I’m 57 years old . ... I’m not Patsy the Slave!”).
An exasperated Hochberg, chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States during the Obama administration, at one point protested, “You’re doing your own interview!”
But Brazile said she has a right to make money after quitting several well-paid jobs to work for the party.
“I’m not gonna get any Christmas presents,” she said. “That’s OK. I make my own gumbo!”
Former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Donna Brazile speaks Monday at Ida Noyes Hall at the University of Chicago.