Donna Brazile will celebrate the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s election with the publication of her book “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House.”
Brazile was chosen as interim Democratic National Committee chair after the Wikileaks release of internal party emails last year precipitated the resignation of Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Brazile became a favorite target of Trump and his supporters after an email released in a separate hack appeared to show she slipped a question to Hillary Clinton ahead of one of the Democratic primary debates.
Brazile’s publisher Hachette promises a book that is “equal parts campaign thriller, memoir, and roadmap for the future.” The publisher did not say how much the book deal was worth.
Brazile has kept up criticism of Trump since the election, but she has focused most on keeping attention on Russian involvement in the election and warning that not enough is being done about it.
“I’ve been a Democrat all my life, but I’m an American first,” Brazile said in announcing the book deal. “At a moment when our democracy is in crisis, it’s time to tell the truth about what went wrong in 2016. Our nation is under unprecedented assault, and if we don’t get the facts out, it will happen again — and worse than you can imagine.”
Though she’s one of the most experienced Democratic operatives in national politics, Brazile has said nothing prepared her for the revelations about Kremlin-directed activity to meddle in the 2016 election or for the personal toll it took on her, which included strange packages being sent to her home.
“I was scared,” Brazile told POLITICO’s Off Message podcast in February, remembering her first briefing with law enforcement about the extent of the hack. “I was scared that first day and night. I went home that night, I couldn’t talk to anybody because I had a — I couldn’t even tell the staff what was happening to them.”