Former Democratic National Committee head Donna Brazile says she considered replacing Hillary Clinton with then-Vice President Joe Biden as the party’s presidential nominee in 2016. In a new memoir, Brazile wrote that Clinton’s “anemic” campaign had begun giving off an “odor of failure” when she secretly considered pulling Clinton off the ticket. After considering dozens of candidates to replace Clinton and Sen. Tim Kaine on the ticket, she wrote, she decided in favor of Biden and Sen. Cory Booker. But she didn’t follow through with the plan, she says, because “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.” In the book, Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House, Brazile also rips Clinton’s campaign for being what she described as badly mismanaged, writing that Clinton’s New York headquarters felt like a hospital ward where “someone had died.” In excerpts from the book published by Politico earlier this week, Brazile claimed she found “proof” that Clinton had “rigged the nomination process” for the party.
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