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Last year's Democratic presidential primary between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders was rigged by the Democratic National Committee to ensure Clinton won the nomination, according to Donna Brazile.

The former DNC chairwoman made the bombshell claim in a Politico excerpt of her forthcoming book, “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House.”

Brazile alleged that the DNC was in debt and reached an agreement with the Clinton campaign to keep the party financially afloat. She said that effectively turned the party’s financial, strategy and staffing decisions over to the Clinton team.

"If the fight had been fair, one campaign would not have control of the party before the voters had decided which one they wanted to lead. This was not a criminal act, but as I saw it, it compromised the party's integrity," Brazile wrote.

On "The Five," Jesse Watters said that then-DNC chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) had mismanaged the party and its finances, and Clinton "swooped in as a loan shark."

"She goes, 'We're going to help you [out] with all this debt. We'll give you some money, but we're going to put you on an allowance, and we're going to control the state, local and national fundraising apparatus,'" Watters said. "So they control personnel and finances, and this is all before she's even won the nomination."

He said that meant while Sanders and Clinton were still fighting for votes, Clinton was "pulling all the purse strings."

"That's how it's rigged," he said.

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