Brazile on Trump invoking her: 'Mr President, please — go back to attacking me'

Donna Brazile, the former interim chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, pushed backed on Friday against President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s claim that she admitted in a forthcoming book that Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE “stole” the Democratic primary. 

In a series of tweets, Brazile accused Trump of misquoting her book, an excerpt of which was published by Politico on Thursday, and said she would rather have the president attack her than use her words to justify his own brand of politics.

“Today’s lesson: Being quoted by Donald Trump means being MIS-quoted by Donald Trump. Stop trolling me,” she tweeted, along with the hashtag #NeverSaidHillaryRiggedElection.


“Mr President, please — go back to attacking me,” she wrote in another tweet. “It’s better than having my own words scrambled and spewed out by you.”

Trump accused Clinton on Friday of rigging the Democratic presidential primary and essentially paying off the DNC to secure the party’s nomination. He also called for the FBI and the Justice Department to launch investigations into Clinton and her campaign.

“The real story on Collusion is in Donna B’s new book. Crooked Hillary bought the DNC & then stole the Democratic Primary from Crazy Bernie!” Trump wrote in a Friday morning tweet, referring to Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), who battled Clinton for the 2016 Democratic nomination.

In the excerpt from Brazile’s book, the former party chief writes that she was suspicious about whether the Clinton campaign sought to tilt the nominating process in the eventual nominee’s favor and that she uncovered a 2015 agreement that essentially gave the Clinton campaign control of the party, well before the former secretary of State secured the nomination.

“If the fight had been fair, one campaign would not have control of the party before the voters had decided which one they wanted to lead,” Brazile wrote. “This was not a criminal act, but as I saw it, it compromised the party’s integrity.”

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Dem asks Trump: Can you endorse my challenger?

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) mocked President Trump on Wednesday after Republicans lost a widely-watched gubernatorial race in Virginia, with Lieu asking Trump to endorse his GOP challenger.

Lieu noted that the Trump-backed GOP candidate in the Virginia race, Ed Gillespie, lost on Tuesday while the Trump-endorsed candidate Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeThe biggest political upsets of the decade State ‘certificate of need’ laws need to go GOP frets over nightmare scenario for Senate primaries MORE (R) also failed to win the GOP Senate primary in Alabama in September.

“Dear failing @realDonaldTrump: Since you have a habit of endorsing losers like Gillespie & Strange, can you also endorse my congressional opponent? Thanks,” Lieu wrote on Twitter.

Lieu also targeted Gillespie, asking the Virginia Republican whether tying his campaign to the president was “worth it” given his defeat to Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) on Tuesday.


“Dear Ed Gillespie: The President threw you under the bus. Many people also think you’re a racist because of racist ads you used. Was running a divisive, bigoted campaign really worth it?” Lieu wrote.

Democrats swept the three major statewide elections in Virginia on Tuesday, as well as winning key races elsewhere around the country. In the governor’s race, Northam defeated Gillespie by nearly 9 points in what was expected to be a close race.

Lieu argued that the wave of Democratic victories Tuesday night opened a path for more wins for the party in the House during the 2018 midterm elections.

“As a Vice Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), I know last night’s wave election will expand the number of seats we are targeting,” Lieu said. “Now is a good time for House Republicans to follow what many of their colleagues have done and retire gracefully.”

“Dear @realDonaldTrump & #GOP Leadership,” he added: “Voters are not stupid. We know you are sabotaging health care. Good luck in Nov 2018.”

Trump sent a tweet Tuesday night blasting Gillespie shortly after networks called the Virginia race for Northam, with the president saying the GOP candidate failed to “embrace me.”

“Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for. Don’t forget, Republicans won 4 out of 4 House seats, and with the economy doing record numbers, we will continue to win, even bigger than before!” Trump wrote. 

Despite Pressure From Trump, UN Votes to Demand End to Israeli Settlements

Despite unusual diplomatic maneuvering involving President-elect Donald Trump, Israel, and Egypt on Thursday, the United Nations Security Council passed a historic resolution on Friday demanding an end to Israeli settlements. The United States abstained, effectively allowing the measure to be approved.

Egypt withdrew the original resolution on Thursday afternoon, reportedly “under pressure” from Trump—who tweeted on the matter Thursday morning—and Israel. Had this move worked, it could have punted the measure to the incoming Trump administration, which is seen as more friendly to Israel than that of President Barack Obama—especially after Trump’s nomination last week of conservative hardliner David Friedman to serve as U.S. ambassador to Israel.

But Reuters reported Friday that Security Council members New Zealand, Malaysia, Venezuela, and Senegal stepped in and the vote took place after all on Friday afternoon. 

Al Jazeera explains: 

Indeed, as Mohammad Alsaafin of Al Jazeera wrote on Twitter:

The U.S. abstention, which was expected, was described by Reuters as “a relatively rare step by Washington, which usually shields Israel from such action,” and “as a parting shot by U.S. President Barack Obama who has had an acrimonious relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and who has made settlements a major target of peace efforts that have proven ultimately futile.”

In response to the vote, Jewish Voice for Peace executive director Rebecca Vilkomerson declared: “There is an increasing understanding among U.S. political leaders, thanks to ongoing grassroots pressure, of the need to hold Israel accountable to international law. The U.S. abstention from this resolution is a welcome sign in that regard.”

However, she added, “[w]ith President-elect Trump urging a veto of even this mild resolution, as well as his nomination of an extreme right-wing Ambassador to Israel, we are deeply concerned by increasing U.S. support for Israeli incitement, annexation, and control under his administration and will redouble our efforts to organize resistance to policies based in Islamophobia, racism, and disregard for even the most basic rights of Palestinians.”

Trump wasn’t the only one who called on the U.S. to veto the measure; a number of U.S. senators on Friday joined him by issuing statements to that effect. And Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who serves as chairman of the Subcommittee on Foreign Operations of the Senate Appropriations Committee, threatened to “reduce United States assistance to the United Nations” if the body “moves forward with the ill-conceived resolution.”

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