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- July 25, 2016

How Clinton And Her DNC Allies Killed Bernie's Political Revolution


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • There is nothing democratic about the Democrat Party; Clinton and her DNC allies rigged the systems to thwart Sanders' political revolution during and after the primary.
  • Embarrassing DNC leaked emails show the national committee disparaging Sanders' campaign, with (soon to be former) DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz declaring Sanders will never be president, and staffers questioning Sanders' faith.
  • Clinton's pick of Tim Kaine is stirring rebellion among Sanders supporters and progressives.
  • Clinton allies on the DNC Rules Committee watered down a major Sanders reform on super delegates, and her allies blocked key Sanders policy priorities during the Democrat platform meetings.
  • Sanders alleged that the DNC "rigged" its debate schedule to favor Clinton.

RECENTLY RELEASED EMAILS SHOW THE DNC CONSPIRING AGAINST THE SANDERS CAMPAIGN IN THE PRIMARY

This Week, WikiLeaks Released Nearly 20,000 Emails From Top DNC Employees, Several Of Which Shows The DNC Appeared To Be Working Against Sanders In The Primary. "A new leak of internal emails from the Democratic National Committee appears to support the long-held suspicions of some Bernie Sanders supporters that the DNC was working against him. WikiLeaks released the 19,252 emails Friday, which came from 'seven key figures' in the DNC, including communications director Luis Miranda and national finance director Jordon Kaplan." (Hilary Hanson, "Leaked Emails Suggest DNC Was Conspiring Against Bernie Sanders," The Huffington Post, 7/23/16)

  • "Several Emails Posted By Wikileaks On Its Document Disclosure Website Show DNC Officials Scoffing At Sanders And His Supporters…" "Several emails posted by Wikileaks on its document disclosure website show DNC officials scoffing at Sanders and his supporters and in one instance, questioning his commitment to his Jewish religion." (Stephen Braun, "Hacked Emails Show Democratic Party Hostility To Sanders," The Associated Press , 7/23/16)

Sanders Calls The Emails An "Outrage" But Were Not "A Great Shock." "In an interview with CNN, Sanders, once again, called on Schultz to resign. 'It goes without saying the function of the DNC,' Sanders said, 'is to represent all of the candidates to be fair and even-minded.' Sanders also called the emails an 'outrage' and 'sad' but also that they do not come as 'a great shock.' He believes that the DNC was 'at opposition to our campaign' all along, he said Sunday morning." (Eyder Peralta and Amita Kelly, "Debbie Wasserman Schultz Out As Democratic Convention Chair After Email Leak," NPR, 7/24/16)

  • Sanders: "I Mean 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." "'I mean 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 was at opposition to our campaign,' Sanders said." (Eyder Peralta and Amita Kelly, "Debbie Wasserman Schultz Out As Democratic Convention Chair After Email Leak," NPR, 7/24/16)
  • Sanders Claims The DNC Showed "Prejudice" Towards Him During The Campaign. "Sanders also reiterated that he believes DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz should resign, something he's said for months. She should step down, he said, 'not only because of the prejudice I think [the DNC] showed during the campaign but also because I think we need new leadership that will open up that party' to working people, young people and 'have the kind of vitality we need.'" (Eyder Peralta and Amita Kelly, "Debbie Wasserman Schultz Out As Democratic Convention Chair After Email Leak," NPR, 7/24/16)

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A Senior DNC Official Appeared Wanting To Use Sanders' Religious Beliefs Against Him

One Email Released Showed The DNC Seeking To Undercut Sanders By Asking About His Religious Beliefs. "Nearly 20,000 emails sent and received by Democratic National Committee staff members were released Friday by Wikileaks, with one message in particular raising questions about the committee's impartiality during the Democratic primary. … One email features DNC staffers appearing to ponder ways to undercut Sanders, an insurgent Democrat who had a bitter relationship with party leadership. … On May 5, a DNC employee asked colleagues to 'get someone to ask his belief' in God and suggested that it could make a difference in Kentucky and West Virginia. Sanders' name is not mentioned in the note." (Theodore Schleifer, "DNC Treatment Of Sanders At Issue In Emails Leaked To Wikileaks," CNN, 7/22/16)

  • DNC Chief Financial Officer Brad Marshall: "This Could Make Several Points Difference With My Peeps. My Southern Baptist Peeps Would Draw A Big Difference Between A Jew And An Atheist." (Theodore Schleifer, "DNC Treatment Of Sanders At Issue In Emails Leaked To Wikileaks," CNN, 7/22/16)

DNC Press Secretary Considered Pitching A Narrative That Sanders Lost Because He "Never Ever Had His Act Together"

DNC National Press Secretary Mark Paustenpach Suggested Pitching A Narrative That Sanders Lost Because He "Never Ever Had His Act Together, That His Campaign Was A Mess." "Another email shows national press secretary Mark Paustenpach suggesting an anti-Bernie 'narrative' for a story. 'Wondering if there's a good Bernie narrative for a story, which is that Bernie never ever had his act together, that his campaign was a mess," Paustenpach wrote in a May email to Luis Miranda. He lists several examples of such 'messiness' and concludes by saying, 'It's not a DNC conspiracy, it's because they never had their act together.'" (Hilary Hanson, "Leaked Emails Suggest DNC Was Conspiring Against Bernie Sanders," The Huffington Post, 7/23/16)

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz And Her Senior Staff Disparaged Sanders And His Campaign Staff

On Email Had DWS Stating It Was "Silly" To Consider Sanders As President While Another Had The DNC's National Finance Director Calling Sanders Obnoxious. "WikiLeaks released the 19,252 emails Friday, which came from 'seven key figures' in the DNC, including communications director Luis Miranda and national finance director Jordon Kaplan. … While the WikiLeaks database is searchable, Heavy.com has compiled a comprehensive list of some other intriguing emails about the DNC's treatment of Sanders, including committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz writing that it's 'silly' to speculate about Sanders ever being president and Kaplan referring to him as obnoxious." (Hilary Hanson, "Leaked Emails Suggest DNC Was Conspiring Against Bernie Sanders," The Huffington Post, 7/23/16)

  • "Clinton Has Had A Long-Standing Relationship With The DNC And Debbie Wasserman Schultz." "Clinton has had a long-standing relationship with the DNC and Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Schultz was the co-chair of her 2008 bid for president. Sanders is a relative newcomer to the Democratic party and the DNC, having long served as an independent in the Senate. " (Eyder Peralta and Amita Kelly, "Debbie Wasserman Schultz Out As Democratic Convention Chair After Email Leak," NPR, 7/24/16)

Wasserman Schultz In An Email Called Sanders Campaign Manager Jeff Weaver A "Damn Liar." "'FYI, this morning on CNN Jeff Weaver was asked about the protests and threats of violence in Nevada,' wrote DNC deputy communications director Mark Paustenbach on May 17. 'He begins by saying Sanders supporters should 'act in a civil way' but then goes on to hit the state party.' 'Damn liar,' Wasserman Schultz wrote in response. 'Particularly scummy that he barely acknowledges the violent and threatening behavior that occurred.'" (Daniel Strauss And Bianca Padro Ocasio, "Debbie Wasserman Schultz Once Called Sanders' Campaign Manager A 'Damn Liar,'" Politico, 7/22/16)

Wassermna Schultz Also Called Sanders Campaign Manager Jeff Weaver An "Ass" In Reference To If The Campaign Would Continue Through The Convention. "In another email, when informed by Paustenbach that Weaver had said the Sanders campaign should continue 'to the convention,' Wasserman Schultz responded: 'He is an ASS.' (Weaver, in response, wrote to POLITICO: 'Isn't the ass the mascot of the dem party?') The emails come from a batch of internal DNC correspondence that was obtained by WikiLeaks and leaked Friday." (Daniel Strauss And Bianca Padro Ocasio, "Debbie Wasserman Schultz Once Called Sanders' Campaign Manager A 'Damn Liar,'" Politico, 7/22/16)

CLINTON'S PICK OF CENTRIST TIM KAINE IS STIRRING REBELLION FROM SANDERS SUPPORTERS AND PROGRESSIVES

Bernie Delegates Network Norman Solomon, On Clinton's Pick Of Kaine: It Shows A "Demonstrable Contempt" For Progressives. SOLOMON: "In recent days in particular, Hillary Clinton, we don't know what's on her mind. We don't know what her internals are. But we know what her actions and behavior are. And this fall off in support is plausibly related to her demonstrable contempt for the progressive wing of this party in selecting Tim Kaine for the ticket." ( Bernie Delegates Network Press Conference, Philadelphia, PA, 7/24/16)

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"On Friday, Norman Solomon, The Coordinator Of A Group Billing Itself As The Bernie Delegates Network, Called Kaine 'A Loyal Servant Of Oligarchy.'" (John Wagner, "Kaine's VP Pick Greeted By Blowback From Progressive Groups," The Washington Post , 7/22/16)

  • "The Group Has Threatened To Protest During The Democratic Convention If Kaine Is The Pick." (John Wagner, "Kaine's VP Pick Greeted By Blowback From Progressive Groups," The Washington Post , 7/22/16)

Several Sanders Supporters Were Not Enthusiastic About Kaine Or Had Never Heard Of Him. "In some ways, the Kaine pick was an even taller stumbling block. In interviews, a dozen Sanders delegates unanimously said they were not enthusiastic about Kaine; some admitted that they had never heard of him before. 'I think that Kaine is a wonderful guy, but this was an opportunity to reach out to progressives, and the opportunity was missed,' said Rod Halvorson, a Sanders delegate from Minnesota." (David Weigel, "Democrats Struggle With Intraparty Divisions Days Before Convention Opens," The Washington Post, 7/23/16)

Some Sanders Supporters Are So Strongly Opposed To Kaine That They Are Exploring The Possibility Of Choosing Their Own Vice Presidential Nominee. "By Saturday afternoon, some Sanders supporters were exploring the possibility of putting an alternative to Kaine into nomination. National Nurses United, one of the first and largest unions to endorse Sanders, suggested that Ohio politician Nina Turner, one of Sanders's most prominent black surrogates, run as a Kaine alternative. A loose alliance called the Bernie Delegates Network, which had polled members and found 88 percent opposed to Kaine, planned to hold a Sunday morning news conference." (David Weigel, "Democrats Struggle With Intraparty Divisions Days Before Convention Opens," The Washington Post, 7/23/16)

CLINTON ALLIES ON THE DNC RULES COMMITTEE WATERED DOWN A MAJOR SANDERS REFORM ON SUPERDELEGATES

Despite Heckling, Pleas, And Protests, Sanders Supporters Were Unable To Pass A Reform Ending The Practice Of Superdelegates. "The rules committee, which typically approves the party's nominating process with little debate, became an outlet for that frustration. Sanders's supporters arrived with plans to end superdelegates altogether. Plan B was to compromise with Clinton supporters and reduce the superdelegates' number or voting power. Plan C was to get enough votes on their amendments to demand a 'minority report,' which could be voted on at the convention itself, with thousands of journalists watching. The first plan failed, despite pleas and heckling from Sanders supporters who snaked around the hallway outside the meeting room and chanted 'No more superdelegates!' and 'Open the doors!'" (David Weigel, "Democrats Struggle With Intraparty Divisions Days Before Convention Opens," The Washington Post, 7/23/16)

  • Clinton Supporters Appeared To Chide Sanders Supporters Recent Involvement In Democrat Party Mechanisms. "Former congressman Barney Frank, a Clinton supporter whom Sanders had wanted off the committee, presided over it with occasional notes of sarcasm. 'Listen to your voters!' yelled a Sanders supporter at one point. 'Oh, sorry - I wasn't listening to you,' Frank joked. Other Clinton supporters argued that they were ill-equipped to decide the fate of superdelegates or that Sanders supporters, many of whom became active in politics only because of his campaign, didn't appreciate the system." (David Weigel, "Democrats Struggle With Intraparty Divisions Days Before Convention Opens," The Washington Post, 7/23/16)

Sanders Supporters Had To Settle On A "Unity Reform Commission" To Bind Most Superdelegates To The Results Of The Primaries. "Later in the evening Sanders supporters won a partial victory: A new 'Unity reform commission' that would bind most superdelegates to the primary results, while allowing free votes for members of Congress, governors and party leaders, passed on a 158-to-6 vote. The Sanders supporters also won more than 50 votes on their key amendments - enough to demand a vote on the convention floor, which Sanders delegates intended to do." (David Weigel, "Democrats Struggle With Intraparty Divisions Days Before Convention Opens," The Washington Post, 7/23/16)

CLINTON ALLIES BLOCKED KEY SANDERS POLICY PRIORITIES DURING THE DEMOCRAT PLATFORM MEETINGS

Sanders DNC Platform Member Bill McKibben: "The Clinton Campaign Is Obstructing Change to the Democratic Platform." (Bill McKibben, "The Clinton Campaign Is Obstructing Change to the Democratic Platform," Politico, 6/27/16)

Clinton And Obama Supporters Thwarted A Move By Sanders Supporters To Explicitly Oppose The Trans-Pacific Partnership In The Democrat Platform. "Bernie Sanders' delegates were thwarted Saturday in their attempt to push amendments blocking the Trans-Pacific Partnership following a tense debate that pitted Sanders backers and the Democratic Party's left flank against Hillary Clinton's supporters and President Barack Obama." (Arit John, "Sanders Team Loses Testy Fight On Trade Pact, Heads For Fracking Vote," Bloomberg, 7/9/16)

  • Sanders Policy Director Warren Gunnels: "We Are Very Disappointed That Democrats Did Not Include Language In The Platform Explicitly Opposing A Vote On The Job-Killing Trans-Pacific Partnership." "'We are very disappointed that Democrats did not include language in the platform explicitly opposing a vote on the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership,' said Warren Gunnels, policy director for Sanders. 'The good news is that virtually everyone who spoke during the debate on trade made it clear that they opposed this unfettered free trade agreement.'" (Arit John, "Sanders Team Loses Testy Fight On Trade Pact, Heads For Fracking Vote," Bloomberg, 7/9/16)

Clinton's Supporters On The Democrat Platform Committee Rejected A Move By Sanders Supporters To Include Harsher Language Against Israel. "Hillary Clinton supporters rejected an effort Saturday to add a call for 'an end to occupations and illegal settlements" in Palestinian territories into the Democratic platform. Clinton's backers argued that the current language in the party's platform, calling for negotiations for a two-state solution in Israel to give Palestinians a homeland, are enough and that going further would inflame tensions and undercut U.S. diplomats' ability to lead future negotiations." (Eric Bradner, "Clinton Supporters Reject Israel Settlements Proposal," CNN, 7/9/16)

  • Sanders Supporters, Including Dr. Cornel West, Criticized The Democrat Language On Israel As A Capitulation To Clinton's Current Position. "But Bernie Sanders' supporters -- as well as dozens of young people in the crowd in an Orlando hotel ballroom for the Democratic National Committee's platform drafting committee's two-day meeting -- said the language they'd proposed simply repeated a position Clinton herself has taken in the past. 'This is a moral issue. This is an issue of our time. It has spiritual and moral implications,' said Cornel West, the pro-Sanders civil rights activist and philosopher. 'Democratic Party, you've been in denial for too long. Palestinians ought to be free.'" (Eric Bradner, "Clinton Supporters Reject Israel Settlements Proposal," CNN, 7/9/16)

Clinton Allies On The Democrat Platform Committee Blocked Several Key Sanders Proposals On The Environment Including A Ban On Fracking. "At which point we got (about 11 p.m., in a half-deserted hotel ballroom) to the climate section of the platform, and that's where things got particularly obvious. We all agreed that America should be operating on 100 percent clean energy by 2050, but then I proposed, in one amendment after another, a series of ways we might actually get there. A carbon tax? Voted down 7-6 (one of the DNC delegates voted with each side). A ban on fracking? Voted down 7-6. An effort to keep fossils in the ground, at least on federal land? Voted down 7-6. A measure to mandate that federal agencies weigh the climate impact of their decisions? Voted down 7-6. Even a plan to keep fossil fuel companies from taking private land by eminent domain, voted down 7-6. (We did, however, reach unanimous consent on more bike paths!)" (Bill McKibben, "The Clinton Campaign Is Obstructing Change to the Democratic Platform," Politico, 6/27/16)

SANDERS ALLEGED THAT THE DNC "RIGGED" ITS DEBATE SCHEDULE TO FAVOR CLINTON

Sanders Agreed With Martin O'Malley's Contention That The DNC "Rigged" Its Debate Process To Skew Its Nominating Process. "Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) believes the Democratic Party is using its limited primary debate schedule to rig the nomination process. 'I do,' Sanders reportedly responded when asked Friday whether he agrees with former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's assertion that the debate system is 'rigged.'" (Bradford Richardson, "Sanders: DNC Using Debates To Rig Primary," The Hill, 8/28/15)

Sanders Expressed Concern That The DNC Had Scheduled Too Few Primary Debates. "But he has expressed concern with the number of debates. 'At a time when many Americans are demoralized about politics and have given up on the political process, I think it's imperative that we have as many debates as possible,' Sanders said in a statement earlier this month. 'I look forward to working with the DNC to see if we can significantly expand the proposed debate schedule.'" (Bradford Richardson, "Sanders: DNC Using Debates To Rig Primary," The Hill, 8/28/15)

Sanders Also Expressed Concern That The DNC Had Placed Too Much Emphasis On Hosting Debates In Early States. ""Further, I also think it is important for us to debate not only in the early states but also in many states which currently do not have much Democratic presidential campaign activity," Sanders wrote in a letter to DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) in June. The first Democratic Party debate will be held on Oct. 13 in Las Vegas." (Bradford Richardson, "Sanders: DNC Using Debates To Rig Primary," The Hill, 8/28/15)


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