Brazile at U. of C.: ‘Mama has to eat!’

Chicago Tribune - - CHICAGO INC. - — Kim Janssen

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!”

TERRENCE ANTONIO JAMES/CHICAGO TRI­BUNE

For­mer Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee Chair­woman Donna Brazile speaks Mon­day at Ida Noyes Hall at the Univer­sity of Chicago.

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