Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) walked back the statement she made last week criticizing the Democratic National Committee (DNC) for rigging the primary in favor of failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
In an interview with Mass Live this week, Warren appeared to step back her rhetoric, saying, “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 had previously sided with former interim Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile in condemning Clinton and the DNC.
When asked during an interview with CNN last week if the Clinton campaign and the DNC rigged the election against progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and in favor of Clinton, Warren said, “Yes.”
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Warren further stated:
Look, this is a real problem, but what we’ve got to do as Democrats now, is we’ve got to hold this party accountable. When … Tom Perez was first elected chair of the DNC, the very first conversation I had with him is to say, you have got to put together a Democratic Party in which everybody can have confidence that the Party is working for Democrats, rather than Democrats are working for the Party. And he’s being tested now. This is a test for Tom Perez.
Warren’s admission arrived shortly after former interim chairwoman of the DNC, Donna Brazile, said Clinton’s campaign and the DNC had coordinated against Sanders.
Last week, Brazile told an audience at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco that Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi should no longer lead her Party’s caucus in the House, saying, “I don’t want the Dianne Feinsteins and the Nancy Pelosis of the world to leave the room. I want them to just scoot over; make room.”