The Democrats seemed to be following a purported plan to unify the Democratic party: Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton, the Democratic National Convention was approaching, and at the end of June, Public Policy Polling reported that “among Democrats and independents with a favorable opinion of Sanders 79% are voting for Clinton”. The Democrats seemed to be making forward momentum toward real presidency goals – then WikiLeaks released nearly 20k emails from the DNC.
On Friday, July 22, 2016, real Americans, not political insiders, got a look into a governing parties closets and were outraged at the skeletons they found. Those most outraged were the supporters of Bernie Sanders.
For months, Vermont Senator Sanders has alleged favoritism within his own Democratic Party and the DNC Chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, fervently denied those claims. We now can see that denying these claims may not have been true.
It ranges from the DNC’s Deputy Communications Director, Eric Walker, referring to the Rhode Island Governor as “one of ours” when theorizing if the Sanders camp will raise an inquiry after the RI election, to the DNC possibly placing moles within the Sanders staff, but speaking about running an Alaskan “Counter” Event during a Bernie event.
But what struck Berners as proof was the email conversation about Sanders’s religion and how to bring it up to voters from CFO Brad Marshall of the DNC.
“It might may no difference, but for KY and WVA can we get someone to ask his belief. Does he believe in a God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I think I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist.”
But solidifying it during the debate the next night during the debate about God and the roll it plays in his life – one day after the email, and after he had addressed it in February 2016.
This week, Marshall, Communications Director Luis Miranda, and CEO Amy Dacey have since resigned from the DNC, leaving Americans wondering if this is the beginning.
Also this week, WikiLeaks released several dozen voicemails from the DNC with nearly no new information proving the DNC undermined the Sanders campaign. But Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, has said that there is more damning information about Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton to come.
Nonetheless, this leak can affect the general election at a time when Democrats and Republicans are tied for what voters consider their affiliation – both are second to Independent, according to a recent Gallup Poll.
Was the DNC favoring Clinton? Clinton’s campaign doesn’t condone the “inappropriate” emails, as Clinton Campaign Manager Robby Mook said Monday, but Debbie Wasserman Schultz did join the campaign as a surrogate immediately after resignation. This move another Party foul as far as some Berners are concerned.
“It’s going to make it harder for the 13 million people who backed Bernie to” now vote for Clinton, New Hampshire voter Chris Liquori said to a local news station. “It’s only going to hurt Hillary Clinton. They’re making it harder for themselves. They’re making it harder for everyone. “