Donna Brazile, the former interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, has described Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential election campaign as a "cult."
Her remarks follow the publication of her book in which she alleges the Clinton campaign took control of the Democratic Party before the conclusion of the primary contest, according to the Washington Examiner.
"It was a cult," she told MSNBC. "I felt like it was a cult. You could not penetrate them."
She alleged the Clinton campaign blocked her request for more resources to campaign in hotly contested states.
"I cannot help a candidate ... if I don't have the resources, if I cannot spend the resources that the party is raising," added Brazile.
Clinton campaign officials told her at one point that "it's OK" after Brazile tried to request more money for campaigning in several states.
Brazile suggested in her book that the Clinton campaign reached an agreement to take control of the DNC in August 2015, when Clinton and Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont were still battling for the party's nomination.
"I had promised Bernie when I took the position of interim chair of the DNC that I would get to the bottom of whether or not Hillary's team had rigged the party process in her favor so that only she could win the nomination," Brazile wrote in her book, "Hacks," according to The Washington Post. "From the moment I walked in the door of the DNC a month earlier I had my suspicions, based on the leaked emails. But who knew if some emails might have been forged? I needed to have solid proof and so did Bernie."
Brazile wrote later of a conversation she had with Sanders in September 2016, "By September 7, the day I was making this call to Bernie, I had found my proof and what I had found broke my heart."
But in an appearance on MSNBC Nov. 8, Brazile provided a different account.
"The process was not rigged," Brazile said.
Sanders mentioned Brazile's book in a letter to his supporters Nov. 6, USA Today reported.
"What the recently released book excerpt from former interim DNC Chair Donna Brazile made clear," noted Sanders, "is that unless we get our act together, we are not going to be effective in either taking on Donald Trump or in stopping the extremist right-wing Republican agenda."
The senator avoided attacking Clinton and her campaign team directly. Since the allegations became public, Sanders has sought to downplay what went on.
"We have to re-establish faith with the American people that in fact we can make positive changes in this country through a fair and transparent political process that reflects the will of voters across this country," said Sanders.