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Reid: 'Everybody Knew' DNC Was Biased Toward Clinton

| by Ray Brown

Democratic Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada admitted that the Democratic National Committee was always biased against Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont during the Democratic primary.

“Debbie Wasserman Schultz, she’s always been good to me. I like her just fine,” Reid said, according to The Huffington Post. “I know she’s tried hard, but as some people probably know, I thought Bernie deserved somebody that was not critical [toward] him. I knew -- everybody knew -- that this was not a fair deal. So I’m sorry she had to resign, but it was the right thing to do. She just should’ve done it sooner.”

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Reid added: “Bernie really had a movement out there, and it wasn’t right to treat him that way.”

New York Daily News columnist Shaun King, a vocal Sanders supporter who just recently endorsed Hillary Clinton after she officially secured the Democratic nomination, questioned Reid's sincerity.

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“Dear @SenatorReid, Thank you for saying this, but if you knew then like you said you knew, why were you silent?” King tweeted.

And USA Today reported in February that Reid worked behind the scenes to help Clinton win Nevada after her lead in the state was diminishing under Sanders' growing momentum in the primary.

Wasserman Schultz's bias for Clinton was revealed after Wikileaks released 20,000 DNC emails obtained by an unknown hacker. In one of those emails, she was furious at an MSNBC anchor for alleging that she was biased in favor of Clinton, reported The Intercept.

Although she was not the only DNC official to have made disparaging remarks about the Sanders campaign in the emails, she had already been under criticism for several months for allegations of bias. After the emails confirmed those suspicions -- which were held by media observers, Sanders supporters, and Sanders himself -- Wasserman Schultz stepped down.

But the former chairwoman and Democratic congresswoman from Florida didn't have to go back to the Sunshine State right away.

She was quickly scooped up by the Clinton campaign to serve as an “honorary chair," reported Buzzfeed.

Sources: The Huffington Post, The Intercept, Shaun King/TwitterUSA Today, Buzzfeed/Twitter / Photo credit: Center for American Progress/Flickr

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