Outgoing Democratic National Committee interim chairwoman Donna Brazile, noting that Hillary Clinton still got "about three million more votes than the other guy," told a group of assembled Democrat supporters recently that she couldn't sugar-coat the failure that was the 2016 election.
Speaking at the first of several planned "Future Forum" meetings designed to identify her replacement as chair of the DNC, she apologized to Democrats for the party leadership failures, not just in Washington, D.C., but around the nation, and attempted to remind them of the successes of President Barack Obama. She also made mention of what she termed "a hostile attack" by "a murderous dictator who wanted to affect the election" and his "army of trolls" when referring to the alleged Russian attempt to influence the 2016 election.
"We came up short. We made some serious mistakes, some strategic errors. We got cocky about our invincible blue wall and then we saw it crumble… We failed under extraordinary circumstances," she said.
Brazile assumed her position as DNC interim chair after former chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) became embroiled in a party scandal following the release of emails stolen from the DNC that indicated an attempt by party leaders to sabotage then presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
Brazile faced her own scandal when emails came to light that she had shared information with Clinton's then-campaign chairman, John Podesta, that she had been privy to debate questions while serving as an analyst at CNN.
Watch the entire speech to the DNC Future Forum here.