According to The Hill, emails released Friday show that the DNC and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman for the party, looked for ways to discredit Bernie Sanders in order to deliver the nomination to former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.
Bernie Sanders’ campaign and many of the Vermont senator’s supporters have been adamant that Democratic Party officials have tipped the scales in favor of Clinton.
New emails released by WikiLeaks show how the DNC and Wasserman Schultz undermined Bernie Sander’s chances during his presidential campaign.
In a May 21 email,, DNC press secretary Mark Paustenbach contacted communications director Luis Miranda about how to spin media perspective to imply that Sander’s “campaign was a mess.”
According to Observer, Paustenbach wrote:
‘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, [Wasserman Schultz] had to call Bernie directly in order to get the campaign to do things because they’d either ignored or forgotten to something critical.
‘It’s not a DNC conspiracy, it’s because they never had their act together.’
In another May email, Brad Marshall, CFO for the Democratic National Committee, wrote about how to put media focus on Sander’s religion. Marshall doesn’t name names, but refers to a someone of “Jewish heritage” whom he thinks is an atheist. The email then talks about how to get the man of “Jewish heritage” to acknowledge that he’s an atheist in public in order to put off voters in two Bible-Belt states, Kentucky and West Virginia, shortly before their respective primaries. In the email, Marshall writes:
‘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.’
Wasserman Schultz herself writes in an April email that Sanders “has no understanding” of the Democratic Party, and in May, writes an email stating that Sanders “isn’t going to be president.”
Other emails referencing Bernie Sanders from Wasserman Schultz reveal her frustration with media reports about Sanders’ battles with the Democratic National Committee and his campaign’s claims of bias.
Wasserman Schultz even emailed NBC News anchor Chuck Todd, telling him “this must stop,” and setting up a meeting to discuss Mika Brzezinski, co-host of the popular “Morning Joe” show on MSNBC, who called for Wasserman Schultz to step down.
The updated emails can be searched and read on the WikiLeaks website.
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