Over the weekend, WikiLeaks released some hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) that are sure to upset fans of Sen. Bernie Sanders. The leaked emails show a clear bias on the part of DNC chairperson and staff towards Hillary Clinton and against Sen. Bernie Sanders.
The first fall out of the leaked emails was the removal of DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman as keynote speaker at the Democratic Convention that begins in Philadelphia on Monday. It’s likely that there will be further repercussions as the week progresses.
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz will not speak at the Democratic convention this week after leaked internal DNC emails suggested favoritism toward Hillary Clinton over Sen. Bernie Sanders during the primary.
Bernie Sanders calls for Debbie Wasserman’s resignation
Bernie Sanders and his supported have long accused the DNC of showing favoritism to the Clinton campaign, and the leaked emails seem to confirm that there was indeed a bias on the part of individual DNC staffers towards Hillary. Sen. Sanders called for the immediate resignation of Wasserman.
"I think she should resign, period. I told you a 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 turned out to be true. Our campaign was about revitalizing American democracy. I want to see that incorporated into the Democratic Party. And I don't believe that Debbie Wasserman Schultz is the person to be able to do that".
— ABC News This Week
While Hillary Clinton has yet to make any official comment on the growing scandal, members of her campaign staff were said to be urging to Wasserman to resign before the start of the Convention on Monday to avoid further controversy and appease the supporters of Sen. Sanders.
Debbie Wasserman to resign at end of convention
On Sunday, Debbie Wasserman bowed to the growing pressure on her to resign and announced that should would resign her post at the end of the Convention.
"Going forward, the best way for me to accomplish those goals is to step down as Party Chair at the end of this convention."
— Debbie Wasserman Schultz
It’s no secret that the DNC had long felt that the Hillary Clinton would be the strongest candidate to represent the Party in the general election; just as the Republican National Committee made no secret that they preferred a candidate other than Donald Trump. Nevertheless, the national committee is supposed to avoid any outright favoring of one candidate over the other.
The timing of the leak is unfortunate for Hillary coming on the eve of the Convention as it will likely dominate the news cycle for the first day of the Convention and energize Bernie’s supporters in their already planned protests. It will not affect the outcome of the nomination, but it has the potential of demonstrating that the Democrats are just as disunited as the Republicans.