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Donna Brazile to RNC Chairwoman: ‘Go to Hell’

Former DNC chairwoman Donna Brazile had harsh words for RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, who said Democratic superdelegates may try to prevent Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) from being the party's presidential nominee.

"Ronna, go to hell," Brazile said on America's Newsroom, startling anchors Ed Henry and Sandra Smith. "No, go to hell, I'm tired of it, Ed. We are not trying to prevent anyone from becoming the nominee. If you have the delegates and win, you will win."

"This notion that somehow or another Democrats are out there trying to put hurdles or roadblocks before one candidate, that's stupid," Brazile said. She added that Republicans are scared President Donald Trump will lose his reelection bid in November.

"Donna, with all due respect we had [McDaniel] on to talk about what she sees happening here in the same way we ask you to," Smith said.

Brazile previously faced allegations that her party acted to Sanders's disadvantage in the 2016 Democratic primary. She helped Hillary Clinton during her 2016 primary campaign by passing along CNN town hall questions to her. After initially denying the assistance to Clinton, Brazile said it was a "mistake I will forever regret."

McDaniel's and Brazile's comments come after presidential candidates Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg dropped out of the race and joined multiple Democratic party leaders in endorsing Joe Biden ahead of Super Tuesday.

The former DNC chairwoman said McDaniel's assertion was highly inappropriate without proof.

"I know the process. Ronna knows the process. But to infer that we are trying to prevent one candidate over another [sic], that's not happening," Brazile said. "If there is any proof, Madam Chairwoman, any proof, Mr. President, that we're trying to somehow or another change this process for one candidate to get an advantage, show the proof."

Brazile finished by saying the moderates and left wing of the Democratic Party will unite and that she'd like to reconcile with McDaniel soon.

McDaniel shot back at Brazile later on Tuesday, saying Brazile was "out of line" and offering more evidence for her argument that establishment Democrats are opposed to Sanders.

"I don't think it's something that we can't discuss, and I think her response was a little out of line and disproportionate to my comments earlier today," McDaniel said.

Tuesday night, Fox News anchor Bret Baier asked Brazile on air about her "spicy" comments, and she expressed thanks for Fox News's Chris Wallace and Brit Hume talking with her about them.

"Brit [Hume] reminded me that, you know, sometimes you don't, you shouldn't call people outright. But let me just say this, as long as I'm alive, I'm going to speak truth to power. And I want to make sure that the chairwoman, I know what her job is like, but I want her to understand, to respect the process on the Democratic side," Brazile said.

UPDATED: This post was updated with further comments from McDaniel and Brazile.