With the Democratic National Convention set to begin on Monday, WikiLeaks has released emails from top DNC officials that show how the Democrat Party was attempting to damage the Bernie Sanders campaign in an attempt to aid the Hillary Clinton campaign during the primaries.
Hundreds of emails show that the officials, including Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, grew increasingly frustrated with Bernie Sanders as his popularity grew with millennials. One of the emails suggested bringing up Sanders’ religion in an attempt to derail his support.
Bernie Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver told ABC NEWS that his team was “disappointed” by the emails and that “someone does have to be held accountable.” Well, Weaver received his wish on Saturday.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the head of the Democratic National Committee, will not speak at the party’s convention in Philadelphia this week. The decision to remove her was made by party officials on Saturday.
According to CNN, Wasserman-Schultz will not have a major speaking role in an effort “to keep the peace” in the party. The backlash against Wasserman-Schultz comes following the release of nearly 20,000 emails hacked from the DNC server and published on Wikileaks.comOne email appears to show DNC staffers asking how they can reference Bernie Sanders’ faith to weaken him in the eyes of Southern voters. Another seems to depict an attorney advising the committee on how to defend Hillary Clinton against an accusation by the Sanders campaign of not living up to a joint fundraising agreement.Wasserman Schultz is expected to gavel the convention in and out, but not speak in the wake of the controversy surrounding the leaked emails, a top Democrat said. “She’s been quarantined,” another top Democrat said, following a meeting Saturday night.
This is seen as a concession to Sanders, who has been furious at Wasserman-Schultz for what he believed was favoritism to Clinton.
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