Emmy award winning New York City journalist David Shuster, who has anchored for both MSNBC and Al Jazeera, has just tweeted that ranking operatives of the Democratic National Committee have warned the public to expect an emergency meeting to consider replacing Hillary Clinton as Democratic presidential nominee.
— David Shuster (@DavidShuster) September 11, 2016
The meeting comes hours after Clinton collapsed while at an early Sunday morning New York City memorial service for the victims of the 9/11 terror attacks which took place 15 years ago today.
Furthermore, such a meeting as is now apparently pending if not already underway could legitimately conclude with a new presidential nominee.
Read Article 2, section 1 of the DNC bylaws for yourself below, via Ballotpedia:
‘The Democratic National Committee shall have general responsibility for the affairs of the Democratic Party between National Conventions, subject to the provisions of the Charter and to the resolutions or other official actions of the National Convention. This responsibility shall include, but not be limited to … Filling vacancies in the nominations for the office of the President and Vice President.’
That’s right- the DNC holds the authority to fill vacancies in the nomination for the presidency. And you thought the Democratic Party’s primary process could have been a little more democratic.
Who would replace Clinton? Bernie Sanders, perhaps, seeing as he was the runner up in the race for the nomination; the replacement could also be Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine, among essentially every other major Democratic figure in the United States, from US Senator Elizabeth Warren to Vice President Joe Biden.
Would replacing Clinton be within reason? Yes.
For hours on Sunday the public waited, wondering what had went wrong with the presidential nominee’s health, until late Sunday afternoon finally saw a statement released from the Clinton campaign featuring Clinton’s doctor, Dr. Lisa Bardack, who said that she was diagnosed with pneumonia last Friday.