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VIDEO: Brazile Backtracks on ‘Apology Tour’

Former acting Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Donna Brazile appeared to backtrack from the excerpts of her new book implying she had found “proof” that the 2016 Democratic presidential primary process was “rigged,” saying Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that she found proof of “cancer,” not “rigging.”

Brazile caused a national uproar when Politico published excerpts from her new book, “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House,” on Nov. 2. In the book, Brazile wrote that she “had promised “ Sen. Bernie (I-Vt.) that she “would get to the bottom of whether Hillary Clinton’s team had rigged the nomination process.”

Brazile wrote, “I had found my proof and it broke my heart” when she discovered that Hillary Clinton’s campaign had entered into a fundraising agreement with the DNC back in August 2015 According to Brazile, this “cancer” she found meant that Clinton “had exerted this control of the party long before she became its nominee.”

But Brazile refused to agree that Clinton “rigged” the DNC in her favor during her “Morning Joe” interview — even though the strong language she used to describe the “cancer” she found sounded a lot like “rigging.”

“If you read the excerpt without the context … I did not say the process was ‘rigged,’” Brazile said. “I said I went to find out if the process was ‘rigged.’”

She didn’t find “rigging,” Brazile said. She found “cancer.”

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“The process was not rigged. I had to make it clear to [Sanders] I found the cancer,” Brazile continued, adding that the Clinton campaign was “a cult” that displayed profound “arrogance.”

“I had found my proof, and what I had found broke my heart. I thought the party I had given so much of my life to was better than this,” Brazile said. “Remember, the day I became chair I was on my apology tour, which I guess I’m still on an apology tour.”

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