The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee will not speak at her party’s convention in Philadelphia this week, because of leaked emails that show the national party plotted in favor of Hillary Clinton and against her rival candidates during the primary process.
A hacker using the handle GUCCIFER 2.O released nearly 20,000 emails to WikiLeaks, which then released them to the general public, many of which show that the committee, chaired by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, acted in concert to push the former secretary of state as the Democratic nominee.
The decision to not give Wasserman Schultz a major speaking role during the national convention came from a CNN source, a Democrat familiar with the decision, and was made in order “to keep the peace” in the party.
One particularity disgusting email suggested having “someone” ask Sen. Bernie Sanders about his belief in God, on the premise that the Vermont Independent is an atheist.
As a result, Wasserman Schultz’s role at the convention will be purely procedural, to “gavel in and gavel out.”
“She’s been quarantined,” another top Democratic source told CNN.
Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ campaign manager, said he was “disappointed” with the information revealed by the DNC email dump.
“Someone does have to be held accountable,” Weaver said during an interview with ABC News. “We spent 48 hours of public attention worrying about who in the [Donald] Trump campaign was going to be held responsible for the fact that some lines of Mrs. Obama’s speech were taken by Mrs. Trump. Someone in the DNC needs to be held at least as accountable as the Trump campaign.”
The Sanders camp had long accused the party, under Wasserman Schultz, of playing favorites during the presidential primary, but was never able to conclusively prove it — until now.
“Everybody is disappointed that much of what we felt was happening at the DNC was, in fact, happening, that you had, in this case, a clear example of the DNC taking sides and looking to place negative information into the political process.”
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump saw it as a case of business as usual for the Democratic Party.
Leaked e-mails of DNC show plans to destroy Bernie Sanders. Mock his heritage and much more. On-line from Wikileakes, really vicious. RIGGED
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2016
Reports have surfaced that Sanders’ supporters plan to disrupt convention proceedings. Whether removing Wasserman Schultz from any major speaking role will be enough to placate them remains to be seen.
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