In what may be an unprecedented development, the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee Debbie Wasserman-Schultz will not speak at, or even preside over, the Democratic convention - and is being pressured to resign - all because of the fury over the release of DNC emails by Wikileaks.
The emails were released on Friday; by Saturday, it was announced that Ms. Wasserman-Schultz had lost her convention speaking slot. And, as the furor continued to grow on Sunday, CNN announced that she had lost her remaining public role, presiding over the convention.
Wasserman Schultz faced intense pressure Sunday to resign her post as head of the DNC, several party leaders told CNN, urging her to quell a growing controversy threatening to disrupt Hillary Clinton's nominating convention.
The emails leaked by Wikileaks seem to support claims by Sanders and his supporters made during the primaries that the system was rigged in favor of Clinton.
Like the Republican National Committee, the governing rules of the Democratic Committee, which is run by Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, require the party to be neutral regarding their party's candidates. However, some of the nearly 20,000 emails hacked from the Democratic Party seem to demonstrate that the Democratic Party leadership had their finger on the scale for the Clinton campaign.
For example, one email exchange with the subject line “No sh*t,” (asterisk added) the CFO of the DNC, Brad Marshall, a Southern Baptist, tried to come up with a scheme to hurt Sanders in Kentucky and West Virginia by demonstrating that Sanders, who was raised Jewish, is not really a Jew but an atheist.
It might may 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. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist.
In another email exchange Ms.Schultz called Sanders’ campaign manager "Damn liar" and "Particularly scummy."
My suggestion is that the DNC put out a statement saying that the accusations the Sanders campaign are not true. The fact that CNN notes that you aren’t getting between the two campaigns is the problem. Here, Sanders is attacking the DNC and its current practice, its past practice with the POTUS and with Sec Kerry. Just as the RNC pushes back directly on Trump over “rigged system”, the DNC should push back DIRECTLY at Sanders and say that what he is saying is false and harmful the Democratic party.
In another series of email exchanges, Wasserman-Schultz asked NBC's Chuck Todd and MSNBC head Phil Griffin to stop what she perceived as the Morning Joe hosts 's favoritism toward Bernie Sanders:
Re: Chuck, this must stopChuck, see below. I would like to discuss this with you today. Can you reach out to Luis to schedule a call? Thanks. DWS
The email included an article describing Mika Brzezinski's call for Wasserman-Schultz to resign, to which Joe Scarborough added that the DNC has rigged the entire process:
On Wednesday, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski called for DNC Chair Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) to “step down” over her handling of this year’s Democratic presidential primary. After playing a clip of Wasserman Schultz, Brzezinski said, “This has been very poorly handled from the start. It has been unfair, and they haven’t taken him seriously, and it starts, quite frankly, with the person that we just heard speaking. It just does.” Brzezinski added of Wasserman Schultz, “She should step down.” Brzezinski’s co-host, former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough wondered why Sanders would “get in line” for the Democratic Party, given that they “rigged the entire thing,” and that if he was in Sanders’ position, “I’d say, ‘Go straight to hell, I’m running as an independent.’”
This is the LAST straw. Please call Phil a Griffin. This is outrageous. She needs to apologize. DWS
I think we need to speak to both of them [Todd and Griffin]. I’ve been talking to Phil about this since our breakfast. DWS
One could reasonably assume that, as more of these emails are read, there will be additional revelations about the Democratic Party's favoritism toward Hillary.
Ironically, many observers thought the DNC convention would be marred by the emails Hillary Clinton deleted while she was secretary of state. They were wrong. Based on the reaction so far, the Democratic Party convention will be marred by a different set of emails - ones that Hillary Clinton probably wishes were erased.