When Bernie Sanders delivered a livestream address to his supporters last Thursday, he signaled a potential end to the campaign. Sanders vowed to help Hillary Clinton defeat Republican candidate Donald Trump, and was conditional upon the Democratic Party adopting a “real progressive agenda.” However, earlier in the day news broke and undercut the Vermont Senator’s calls for potential party unity.
“On the same website that published the DNC’s 200-page Donald Trump file, the hacktivist known as “Guccifer 2.0” released what appears to be an internal email from the DNC discussing strategy, which served to confirm what many of Sanders’ supporters have felt all along: Wall Street and the Democratic Party leaders were busting their asses for Hillary Clinton in the primary. The email, dated May 26, 2015, about a month after Sanders announced his candidacy, revealed that at least some in the DNC were planning for a Clinton nomination:
Note that Bernie Sanders had entered the Democratic primary the month before, but the Wall Street candidate was clearly the choice of the Wall Street/Democratic Party establishment. Perhaps that’s why Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Wall Street head of the DNC, scheduled only six debates which were timed to guarantee the least number of viewers. These debates were also scheduled after important deadlines, such as the last day for a voter to register in New York.
“Further complicating matters was the DNC Chair’s explanation of the superdelegate system — that it was designed to insulate party leaders from “grassroots activists” — was fuel to the fire for the Sanders’ movement, considering the fact that it was thanks to these unelected party leaders that Clinton was ‘inevitable’ before any votes were cast. By the time the DNC rolled back Obama’s restrictions against lobbyist donations, giving Clinton even more sway with those superdelegates, Sanders supporters were calling for Wasserman Schultz’ resignation.
But it wasn’t just Debbie Wasserman Schultz who soured Sanders supporters on the DNC. When news broke of a joint fundraising agreement between Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic Party, many eyebrows were raised.”