Donna Brazile Considered Removing Hillary Clinton From Presidential Ticket Because Of Health

After Hillary Clinton fainted at a 9/11 remembrance ceremony last year, former Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile thought long and hard about replacing Clinton as the Democrats’ presidential nominee.

In an interview Sunday, Brazile detailed that although Clinton had noticeable health issues, she never acted to replace the former Secretary of State, according to Breitbart.

Speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” Brazile said she felt required to have a plan, whether it was what she wanted or not.

“As you well know, the charter of the DNC, as well as the convention rules, say that the chairperson, shall, in consultation with the leadership in Congress and others, and so I had to put in on the table … because I was under tremendous pressure after Secretary Clinton fainted to have a quote, unquote, ‘plan B,’” she said.

“I didn’t want a plan B. Plan A was great for me. I supported Hillary, and I wanted her to win. But we were under pressure,” she said.

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Brazile’s statements are also echoed in her new book, “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House.”

Based on excerpts from the book, The Washington Post reported that Brazile had decided that if Clinton had to go, she should be replaced by former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Corey Booker, D-N.J. However, Brazile said that in the end, she decided it was a step she could not take because of Clinton’s status as the first female candidate for president.

“Again and again I thought about Joe Biden,” she wrote, adding that “no matter my doubts and my fears about the election and Hillary as a candidate, I could not make good on that threat to replace her.”

“I thought of Hillary, and all the women in the country who were so proud of and excited about her. I could not do this to them,” Brazile wrote.

Brazile recalled that two days before the Sept. 11 incident, in which Clinton had to leave a ceremony, Clinton seemed “wobbly on her feet” and had a “rattled cough.” Brazile also said the Clinton campaign’s effort to hide the truth about Clinton’s condition was “shameful.”

The book has extensive criticism of the Clinton campaign. She said that the limited popular support she saw for Clinton was in contrast to the campaign’s self-satisfied attitude.

Brazile described Clinton’s Brooklyn headquarters as “(c)alm and antiseptic, like a hospital. It had that techno-hush, as if someone had died. I felt like I should whisper. Everybody’s fingers were on their keyboards, and no one was looking at anyone else. You half-expected to see someone in a lab coat walk by.”

Brazile said the campaign was mismanaged with “stiff” and “stupid” messages and the headquarters gave the impression that “someone had died.”

Brazile wrote that she accused Clinton’s aides of treating her like a slave.

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“I’m not Patsey the slave,” Brazile recalls saying, referring to a character in the film, “12 Years a Slave.” “Y’all keep whipping me and whipping me and you never give me any money or any way to do my damn job. I am not going to be your whipping girl!”

Brazile’s comments opened a rift among Democrats.

More than 100 former senior aides issued an open letter Saturday, according to The New York Times.

“We do not recognize the campaign she portrays in the book,” they wrote.

“We were shocked to learn the news that Donna Brazile actively considered overturning the will of the Democratic voters by attempting to replace Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine as the Democratic Presidential and Vice Presidential nominees,” the letter said. “It is particularly troubling and puzzling that she would seemingly buy into false Russian-fueled propaganda, spread by both the Russians and our opponent, about our candidate’s health.”

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