Elizabeth Warren on the Primary Being “Rigged”: Never Mind

She walked back her statements about Hillary Clinton's deal with the Democratic National Committee.

Photo via AP/Jacquelyn Martin

A week after saying she believed the Democratic primary was “rigged” for Hillary Clinton, Senator Elizabeth Warren is walking that position back.

It was, in fact, “fair,” she said in an interview with the Springfield Republican this week.

Warren stirred controversy when, during an appearance on CNN, she was asked if she believed the allegations in Donna Brazile’s upcoming book about a deal between Clinton and the Democratic National Convention meant the primary was “rigged.” Her response was clear: “Yes.”

Brazile’s accusations have been fleshed out a little more fully over the past week. For starters, Clinton’s campaign helped the DNC financially in exchange for more control long before the primary contest was decided, yes, but at least on paper the agreement only applied to the general election. Brazile has also tried to distance herself from the “rigged” narrative.

Warren, who has stuck by her criticism that the DNC needs reform to inspire confidence in how it picks its nominees, has since sought to expand on her monosyllabic response. “I agree with what Donna Brazile has said over the last few days; that while there was some bias at the DNC, the overall 2016 primary process was fair and Hillary made history,” Warren told the Republican.

Warren did not endorse either Clinton or her opponent Bernie Sanders during the primary in Massachusetts, which Clinton won by the slim margin of 50.1 to 48.7.


Spencer Buell Staff Writer at Boston Magazine sbuell@bostonmagazine.com


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