Donna Brazile not only explained why she decided to join Fox News in an interview Thursday, but also revealed who was the first person she called before the decision.
The former interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, who was fired from CNN after leaked emails revealed she was sharing questions with the Hillary Clinton campaign ahead of candidate events, was being interviewed by video journalist Nicholas Ballasy and said she called the family of Seth Rich, a DNC staffer who was murdered in Washington, D.C. in June 2016.
Brazile also let it be known she has plenty of Republicans in her family, to include her little sister.
Pointing out that she is a pundit, Brazile said that working at Fox News “gives me an opportunity to speak to an audience that’s not part of the choir, but it’s a different congregation that I hope to inspire with civility.”
“This was a decision because — I made it over three months — because I wanted to decide how best to utilize my time and my talent during the 2020 presidential cycle.”
In effect, she said she sees it as an opportunity to share Democratic values with the Fox News audience.
Brazile said she “comes from an old line of Republicans on one side of her family,” and that in addition to having first cousins who are Republicans, her youngest sister is also registered with the GOP.
“I hope to be able to have a conversation with the viewers of Fox in the same manner that I have a conversation with my youngest sister,” Brazile said. “And let me tell you something, she’s tough. So I’m looking forward to it.”
When asked if she was able to change her sister’s mind on issues, Brazile said they agree more than they disagree.
“She’s the sister responsible for loaning me $150 to come to DC when I was younger,” she added. “And I tell people over the last thirty-something years that I’ve been in DC I have repaid her multiple times — because she’s a Republican.
Brazile explained her sister was one of the few who were smart enough to get flood insurance along with conventional home insurance and was one of the first to get back into her house after Hurricane Katrina.
“That’s why I love that sister,” she said. “She is she’s smart, she has great wisdom.”
Explaining that she spoke with her younger sister the night before, Brazile said that she only called two people before making the decision on joining Fox News.
“I did not discuss this with anybody,” she said. “I discussed this with just two people, and the first of course I called the Rich family. Because Seth is very important to me, and his life and his memory matter to me and so I discussed it with the Rich family and I discussed it with my best, best friend … who happens to also be a lawyer.”
“This was my decision,” Brazile stressed. “This was not a decision born of anything other than a desire to try to inspire civility.”
Confirming she has kept in touch with the Rich family, Brazile pulled her tablet from her bag and offered to show Ballasy something off the record, ending the interview.
Unfounded rumors continue to swirl long after Rich’s death that the DNC staffer was one of the WikiLeaks sources in the leak of Clinton-related emails, and that this was somehow related to his death.
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