Social media is buzzing about the news that former Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairwoman Donna Brazile — the woman who leaked CNN debate questions to Hillary Clinton — is joining Fox News.
“I know I’m going to get criticized from my friends in the progressive movement for being on FOX News,” Brazile said, according to an email obtained from Fox News.
“My response is that, if we’ve learned anything from the 2016 election, it is that we can’t have a country where we don’t talk to those who disagree with our political views. There’s an audience on FOX News that doesn’t hear enough from Democrats. We have to engage that audience and show Americans of every stripe what we stand for rather than retreat into our ‘safe spaces’ where we simply agree with each other. For there is no safety in self-limiting numbers.”
“You can be darn sure that I’m still going to be me on FOX News,” Brazile said. “I’m going to do what I always do: and dish it out straight, exactly as I see it, with just as much New Orleans hot sauce as folks expect.”
But people on the left weren’t the only ones left confused by the decision. Many conservatives and Fox News viewers took to social media to share their thoughts on the controversial hire.
Take a look:
So it doesn't matter that @donnabrazile cheated in a presidential debate and then lied about it on FOX?
Is there no other Democrat available? https://t.co/NWu4lgm6ly
— Steve Milloy (@JunkScience) March 18, 2019
I think Donna Brazile will be a great addition to Fox News… as long as they keep her away from Presidential Debate questions…
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) March 18, 2019
— Valerie Rhoten (@ValerieRhoten) March 18, 2019
— Kambree Kawahine Koa (@KamVTV) March 18, 2019
Fox News has hired Donna Brazile as a political contributor.
This is the woman who helped Hillary Clinton by giving her debate questions in advance while she was at CNN. She was fired from CNN.
Not a great move.
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) March 18, 2019
If you had any doubts that @FoxNews is swinging left before 2020🤔
Suspending @JudgeJeanine and hiring Donna Brazile- Guess they REALLY want that sweet, sweet 2020 Dem primary debate! https://t.co/Oj98iIxEAZ pic.twitter.com/rSXbIDlGOL
— GrrrGraphics Cartoons (@GrrrGraphics) March 18, 2019
Fox News decided to suspend Judge Jeanine and hire Donna Brazile in the same week. If that doesn't show you the direction Fox News is headed I don't know what will…
Click here to email Fox News and let them know you aren't pleased: https://t.co/za0EIVZFng
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) March 18, 2019
As Brazile makes her first appearance on Tuesday with Fox News’ “The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino,” one Twitter user called her out for her past criticism of the network she now calls home in an extensive thread:
a thread, in donna brazile's own words, about the network she just joined https://t.co/3KRVS2melX
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) March 18, 2019
In a Fox News op-ed published on Tuesday, Brazile further defended and explained her decision, noting how she’s “excited” to join the network to “share my perspective and views” and “learn from the experience.”
“I fully admit that in my previous lives as a campaign staffer, presidential campaign manager and Democrat Party official, my own lack of civility in the heat of battle has been on full display. And it wasn’t pretty,” she wrote.
“My decision to serve as a commentator for Fox News is rooted in the belief that you cannot make progress, let alone reach compromise, without first listening to, and understanding those who disagree with you on critical issues. Will I agree with my fellow commentators at Fox News? Probably not. But I will listen. Will I question them if they make assertions about hard-working Americans, low-income people and issues like climate change that I disagree with? Absolutely. But I will do so with civility and respect. I will also freely admit the weaknesses in liberal arguments and the strength in conservative positions.”
“Just as it takes many ingredients to make a good gumbo, it will require listening to many voices before we are able to move forward as one people,” Brazile said.
Brazile came under fire during the 2016 presidential election when she leaked debate questions and topics to then-Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign, according to The Washington Post.
At the time, she brushed off her decision by saying, “My conscience — as an activist, a strategist — is very clear.” The political activist and veteran Democratic strategist added at the time, “If I had to do it all over again, I would know a hell of a lot more about cybersecurity.”