Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, has announced Sunday, July 24 that she will be resigning at the end of the Democrats National Convention due to the mass volume of e-mails and documents Wikileaks.org has released over the weekend, including some that show Anti-Bernie Sanders sentiments.
WikiLeaks released 19, 252 e-mails and 8,034 attachments from top members of the DNC as part of their Hillary Leaks series on the same day Hillary Clinton announced her running mate, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine. According to WikiLeaks, these leaks came from seven key accounts of the party’s committee and are from January 2015 until May 2016.
Some of the e-mails posted show DNC officials criticizing Sanders campaign, making plans to create a narrative that shows how incompetent and unorganized it was and even discussing how to question Sanders Jewish faith, with one staffer writing: “I think I read he is an atheist. This could make several points [of] difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist.”
Schultz herself showed Anti-Sanders sentiments in her e-mails, such as when she wrote to a staffer in April about Sanders’ complaints of the unfair treatment the Democrats party was giving him.
“Spoken like someone who has never been a member of the Democratic Party and has no understanding of what we do,” Schultz wrote.
A month later, referencing Sanders campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, and how he blamed the Nevada state party for a raucous convention she wrote: “Damn liar. Particularly scummy that he barely acknowledges the violent and threatening behavior that occurred.”
“It is an outrage and sad that you would have people in important positions in the DNC trying to undermine my campaign,” Sanders said during an interview with CNN. “It goes without saying the function of the DNC is to represent all of the candidates, to be fair and even-minded…”
Sanders is not shocked with the revelation that the DNC and Schultz were against him from the very beginning though as his supporters and him months ago made it “very clear” that the committee was biased.
“There’s no question to my mind and I think no question to any objective observer’s mind that the DNC was supporting Hillary Clinton [and had] this opposition to our campaign,” Sanders said.
Sanders also noted that several months ago he and his supporters were asking for Schultz to resign and step down from her position not just because of the “prejudice” showed during the campaign but also because he thinks the Democratic party needs a new leadership that will “open up the party to working people, to young people” and give the party a chance to win the presidency and control of the Senate and House.
According to The New York Times, calls for Schultz resignation isn’t anything new as people have been calling for her resignation throughout her five-year tenure as chairwoman of the committee, with claims that her interests don’t lie with the party but rather with promoting her career. Schultz has always resisted these demands until now that she has been faced with a flurry of people- including top Democratic officials- demanding her resignation throughout the weekend.
The DNC has also announced due to this scandal that Donna Brazile will be acting as the interim chairwoman of the committee until the end of the elections.
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