Politics

Leak: Democratic National Committee Emails Slam Sanders

| by Michael Allen
Rep. Debbie Wasserman SchultzRep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Wikileaks released about 20,000 internal emails of the Democratic National Committee on July 22 that allegedly show the DNC favoring presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton over her rival Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont during the party primaries.

The emails seem to confirm the many accusations by the Sanders' campaign that the DNC favored Clinton, a charge that DNC chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida (pictured) strongly denied in May, noted The Hill.

DNC communications director Luis Miranda sent an email to DNC officials on May 19, RT notes:

The coverage has shifted significantly, it’s much better today (see NYT story and WaPo editorial). It’s clear that Bernie messed up and we were on the right side of history. We’re going to take hits, but Bernie defending the actions the way he’s done I think makes him look bad more than us.

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In the same email, Miranda added:

Clinton campaign is a mess, they’re afraid of their own shadow and didn’t like that we engaged. I happen to think they’re wrong and it explains why they’re hobbling along unable to close it out. But they’ll be unhappy regardless, so better to get out there and do some strong pivots and land good punches on Trump.

Wasserman Schultz responded: "Let's take this offline. I basically agree with you."

DNC press secretary Mark Paustenbach wrote an email to Miranda on May 21 that said: "Wondering if there's a good Bernie narrative for a story, which is that Bernie never ever had his act together, that his campaign was a mess."

Paustenbach wrote an email to Wasserman Schultz on April 24 with a Sanders' quote from POLITICO: "We're in this race to California, and we're proud of the campaign we ran."

In response, Wasserman Schultz wrote back: "Spoken like someone who has never been a member of the Democratic Party and has no understanding of what we do."

DNC CFO Brad Marshall sent an email on May 5 to his fellow DNC officials with the subject "No shit," The Intercept notes:

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.

DNC CEO Amy Dacey replied: "AMEN."

Marshall told The Intercept via email: "I do not recall this. I can say it would not have been Sanders. It would probably be about a surrogate."

It is unclear who the "surrogate" was or why this person's private religious beliefs would be publicly questioned by the DNC.

Sanders, who is Jewish, has said that he believes in God, but has kept his faith mostly private.

Sources: The Intercept, RT, The Hill / Photo Credit: Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz

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