Bernie Sanders appeared on ABC’s “This Week” in a segment with George Stephanopolous to give his reaction to the leaked emails that prove the Democratic National Committee was actively working to sabotage his campaign.
Among the nearly 20,000 emails leaked was correspondence between top officials at the DNC discussing how to best discredit Sanders’ campaign. The New York Times posted some of the most egregious emails:
‘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.’
‘It might may [sic] 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.’
Several key figures have spoken out against the DNC and the Democratic National Convention over the emails, but today was the first response the public has heard from Bernie Sanders. Sanders had this to say when Stephanopolous asked him what he thought of the information in the leaked emails:
‘I think I told you, long time ago, that the DNC was not running a fair operation, that they were supporting Secretary Clinton. So what I suggested to be true six months ago, turns out in fact to be true. I’m not shocked, but I am disappointed.’
When Stephanopolous asked Senator Sanders what repercussions should be handed down since the information contained in those emails proved his claims, the Vermont senator pointed specifically to Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Despite his obvious disappointment over the emails, Sanders also remained on-message and continued to say the same thing he’s said throughout his campaign and for many years prior: He feels our government needs to move toward.
‘[Wasserman Schultz] should not be chair of the DNC, and I think these emails reiterate that reason why she should not be chair […] I think she should resign, period, and I think we need a new chair that’s going to lead us in a new direction, and that is taking on the billionaire class, and fighting for an agenda that works for working families.’
See the full segment below:
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