There are clear fissures within the Democratic Party. The burning question: Is the DNC Convention over before it gets started?
On Friday, July 22nd, Wikileaks did a DNC Document Dump of nearly 20,000 hacked emails.
Bernie Sanders supports analysed these emails and published a detailed list of findings, which may be read here. The first causalities of this document dump are Bernie Sanders supporters and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.
Jeff Zeleny, Eric Bradner and John King, in a CNN Politics article titled “Wasserman Schultz resigning as party leader” write:
Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Sunday she is stepping down as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee at the end of the party’s convention, which is set to begin here Monday.
The Florida congresswoman’s resignation — under heavy pressure from top Democrats — comes amid the release of thousand of leaked emails showing DNC staffers favoring Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders in the party’s 2016 primary contest.
Her announcement that she was leaving had pro-Sanders supporters cheering during a demonstration in Philadelphia and Donald Trump and other Republicans crowing about the disarray among the Democrats.
How will the Democrats and media spin this political Armageddon?
Jeff McAdam in a Fox New 13 article states:
Dozens of Salt Lake City residents came together at West High School to protest recent developments within the Democratic Party.
“WikiLeaks? WikiLeaks? That’s exactly what we thought the whole time,” said Wesley Randall, a Bernie Sanders supporter.
Emails from DNC staffers released by Wikileaks appear to show the Democratic National Committee favoring Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders during the primary process. Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Sunday she will resign at the end of the party’s convention, which begins Monday.
“It’s not okay to rig the primary, and that’s essentially what they’ve done here,” said Felicia Taylor, one of the two organizers of Sunday’s rally.
The rally started at West High School, where Sanders gave his second speech in Utah, and ended at Liberty Park, some 3.4 miles later.
“We even had one Hillary supporter come up to us and join us saying, ‘I used to be a Hillary supporter up until a couple days ago, but I’m with you now,'” Taylor said. “Then she walked with us the rest of the way.”
Donald Trump made the following remarks about Bernie Sanders and the DNC Convention during his acceptance speech:
[I]f you want to hear the corporate spin, the carefully-crafted lies, and the media myths — the Democrats are holding their convention next week. Go there.
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Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it. I have seen firsthand how the system is rigged against our citizens, just like it was rigged against Bernie Sanders. He never had a chance.