ABC’s ‘This Week’ Turns Into Brawl As Commentators Clash


Former interim Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair Donna Brazile is an elegant articulate woman. Those individuals who are smart, though, do not want to make her angry. The consequences can be damaging if they try.

The former DNC chair and the Republican National Committee (RNC) chair Ronna McDaniel were appearing on Fox News Tuesday when they got into it. McDaniel claimed that the Democratic primary would be “rigged” against Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT).

Brazile is a Fox News contributor. America’s Newsroom anchor Sandra Smith took some of America’s questions. Then, McDaniel’s said, The Daily Beast reported:

‘It does depend on how big a lead that Sanders takes out of California is. If he picks up a huge proportion of delegates. I don’t see anybody getting out soon. It is leading towards a brokered convention, which will be rigged against Bernie if those superdelegates have their way on that second vote.’

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Brazile bristled over the comment. She said that she and other Republicans should butt out, and she was “sick and tired” of Republicans telling her how the Democrats should run their business. The former DNC chair said:

‘ Stay the hell out of our race. First of all, they don’t have a process,. They are canceling primaries. They have winner-take-all. They don’t have the kind of democracy that we see on the Democratic side.’

She continued, calling the woman out for climbing into Russian talking points for the purpose of sowing seeds of division:

‘For people to use Russian talking points to sow division among Americans is stupid. So Ronna, go to hell! This is not about — go to Hell! I’m tired of it.’

Fox anchors Smith and Ed Henry tried to shut down the situation before it escalated out of control. Both could be heard shouting “whoa.” That did not stop Brazile, who had not even broken a sweat. She continued calling the RNC chair’s remarks “stupid.” Then, she went on with the accusation of McDaniel was “using Russian talking points.”

Henry tried to tie down the situation. He said that since it was Super Tuesday, the network would need to make sure to bring on McDaniel and Brazile so they could go at it.

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Then, Brazile told the other woman to “stop lying:”

‘I’m all about reconciliation. It is Lent. I’m trying to keep my karma. But stop lying about the Democratic process.’

Later, McDaniel tweeted a belated response to Brazile noting:

‘[She would] be having a bad day too if my party was still hopelessly divided. Talk of a brokered convention and the DNC trying to stop Bernie obviously hit a little close to home.’

So what was an obviously strong Democrat doing on Fox even though she was also wooed by MSNBC after leaving CNN?  Brazile had a remarkable response, according to The New Yorker:

After Election Day, I started getting more calls from Fox to appear on the network, and the calls ranged from “Who are these new members [of Congress]?” to “What is up with the Democratic Party?” What I found interesting was that the challenges I would often have by appearing on Fox News were the kind of challenges I thought we needed. To be able to talk to people in the suburbs, to be able to talk to people in the city, to be able to talk to people who may be left of center or center-right.’

The former DNC chair said:

‘I found it challenging to be able to communicate and to, you know, disagree. I wanted to get back to that period where you could sit across from somebody who disagreed with you but did it in a respectful way, so you could talk to the audience and not just shout at the host or the anchor…if you want to try to improve democracy, you have to go into places where you are uncomfortable and try to stir things up.’

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