More than 20,000 emails were leaked on Friday by hacktivist Guccifer 2.0. Among those emails were correspondence from DNC officials, who discussed using Bernie Sanders’s religion against him in Kentucky and West Virginia.
This email, and many of the other pieces of information leaked, indicate that the Democratic National Convention was working specifically to discredit Sanders, presumably to advance Hillary Clinton’s hopes for the nomination.
Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton and current political commentator and author, called on Facebook for the DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to be fired.
‘Hillary should fire Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Now. Don’t wait until next week to replace her. Yesterday WikiLeaks published roughly 20,000 leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee that confirm what most of us already knew: Wasserman Schultz and other top officials of the DNC tried to sandbag Bernie’s campaign.
‘When the director of communications wanted to complain to CNN about a segment the network aired in which Bernie said he would oust the chairwoman if he were elected, Wasserman Schultz emailed back, “he isn’t going to be president.” In reference to a Washington Post piece that said Bernie was seeking a more balanced approach to Israel and Palestine, she emails “the Israel stuff is disturbing,” prompting another official to email back that Hillary’s campaign had pushed the story. In other emails Wasserman Schultz refers to Bernie’s campaign manager as a “damn liar,” and “an ass.”
‘Another email shows one DNC official trying to get reporters to write that Bernie’s campaign is “a mess.” In another, the DNC’s chief financial officer seeks ways to bring attention to Bernie’s religious beliefs, “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.” Other emails show officials of the DNC using “us” language when referring to Hillary supporters and “them” language in reference to Bernie’s.
‘Fire her now.’
The Sanders campaign stated that they were not surprised and, in fact, had believed that the DNC was working against Sanders, who is running as a Democratic candidate against Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the Democratic nomination for the presidential race.
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