Democratic National Committee emails released by the hacker WikiLeaks show party officials conspiring to derail Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.
Over 19,000 emails were leaked Friday, just days ahead of the Democratic convention that will name Hillary Clinton as the party’s official presidential nominee.
In one email, DNC press secretary Mark Paustenbach wrote to communications director Luis Miranda:
“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. Specifically, DWS had to call Bernie directly in order to get the campaign to do things because they’d either ignored or forgotten to something critical.”
The May 21 email was sent after the Nevada convention that Sanders supporters accused the party of rigging.
“It’s not a DNC conspiracy, it’s because they never had their act together,” Paustenbach wrote.
DNC Treasurer Andrew Tobias complained in one email that the Sanders campaign’s attack on Clinton’s fundraising seemed “awfully unfair and inaccurate.”
The email was forwarded and Chief Executive Officer Amy Dacey wrote:
“This is beyond inaccurate…. I think we need a more aggressive approach to push back on what is just total MISINFORMATION Can we have an internal discussion on what needs to happen here- we can’t let this continue on.”
An email dated May 5, 2016 from the Committee’s Chief Financial Officer Brad Marshall revealed an attempt to portray a Jewish-raised Sanders as an atheist.
“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.”
Dacey, who was the recipient of the email, responded with a simple “Amen.”