Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” while discussing the pay-to-play accusations between then-Secretary Hillary Clinton’s State Department and her family’s organization the Clinton Foundation, interim Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile said it was an attempt to “criminalize behavior that is normal.”
“Let’s be honest and open about this here,” Brazile said. “What was she supposed to do? On one hand, she held one of the most prominent and important functions in one of the most powerful governments of the single most powerful country in the world. Now, for those who don’t know – that’s an incredibly responsible, but also very stressful job. On the other, her family had this foundation that was meant to do good. Now, you can’t just do one or the other, this is not that kind of show. You sort of have to juggle both things at the same time, and at some point, they’re bound to overlap and co-mingle.”
The DNC chairwoman proceeded to argue that she’s “proud” of Hillary Clinton’s actions during that period, because she was able to “balance giving donators the special treatment in terms of government-issued privileges on one hand, and inspiring many other people to get into donating to charity on the other.” “Let me tell you, not many people are able to do that at the same time, but she was and that’s why she’s right for the presidency,” Brazile added.
“And for those who doubt what I’m saying, here’s a wake-up call: not all rich people are going head over heals when it comes to donating to charity,” the DNC chair said. “Because they’ve made their fortunes in different ways, and the thing is, when you work your butt off for something, you kind of cherish it and treasure it dearly, and you don’t want to share it with anyone. And that’s where Hillary Clinton comes in. Her job is to divorce billionaires from large chunks of their hard-earned money, funnel it through her foundation and show people that when you do donate, the government will go above and beyond to make you feel good about yourself. It’s the American way, really.”
She continued, “And then, of course, you have people who get ahold of those dreadful emails and then misinterpret everything that’s going on. At the end of the day, it’s become incredibly easy to make her look like the bad guy. In fact, one might say it’s almost become a national sport. As a matter of fact, at the rate the Republicans are going, I wouldn’t be surprised if they introduced a special archery discipline that features a poster of Hillary Clinton instead of the bull’s eye at the next Olympics. But, I know her, she’d get through that one with a smile on her face, too. It’s just the type of person she is, just incredible.”
After she was done praising the potentially first female President of the United States in history, Brazile added that wooing donators to give up their money is “tricky business.” “Just ask Donald Trump,” she added. “That man would rather sell his imported wife, all of his children and his immigrant parents’ graves if he had to choose between them and his billions. But, I’m not worried about our future. I know who’s going to win the election and she doesn’t have Labrador hair,” the DNC chair concluded.