The Democrat Party continues to crack and splinter in light of the huge email leak from the DNC, the content of which has Bernie Sanders supporters absolutely fuming. And rightfully so.It appears the DNC showed a whole lot of favoritism to Hillary and her campaign, a fact which led chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to step down and for Bernie supporters to start voicing their unhappiness on the convention floor and outside in protests as well.
Now Sander’s followers are going to attempt blocking Clinton’s nomination during the DNC roll-call vote.
According to TheBlaze, Division within the party was on full display in the City of Brotherly Love as the convention got underway Monday, due in part to the leaked DNC emails that purportedly revealed the party convoluting and conspiring against Sanders, the self-proclaimed democratic socialist and anti-establishment candidate. Despite an apology from the DNC and resignation of party chief Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), tensions still ran high among delegates gathered in Philadelphia — especially within those whose loyalty lay with Sanders.
During the roll-call vote, Clinton could win simply by an acclamation vote from Sanders for Clinton, thus ending the voting process and making the Democratic Party the first national party to nominate a woman for president.Clinton employed that same tactic in 2008 when she ran against then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama as she cut the roll-call vote short. She then released her delegates and contended that Obama be determined the nominee by acclamation.
Sanders’ spokesman announced Tuesday afternoon that the Vermont senator has asked that his state go last in the roll-call vote, despite the vote usually going through in alphabetical order, and said that he will then acclimate his vote for Clinton, CNN’s Dan Merica reported Tuesday. By going last, Sanders will be able to count Washington’s and Wisconsin’s votes for him before he cedes to Clinton.
But multiple Sanders and DNC sources also told TheBlaze Tuesday that by waiting until the very last minute, Sanders could be holding off to see if Clinton reaches the 2,383 delegates needed to clinch the nomination.If she doesn’t, some Sanders supporters remain hopeful that he could make a ploy to become the nominee; others simply think he will still acclimate his vote as he’s “proved his point.”
While it’s highly unlikely anyone other than Hillary could walk away with the nomination, what’s interesting to note is how fractured the party has become.Sanders, a proud socialist, attracted a lot of young liberal voters and with the recent revelations coming out of the email leak, a lot of those folks are fed up with Democrat establishment politicians.
This begs the question of whether or not these individuals can set aside their anger and frustration at the DNC and Hillary long enough to unite against Trump, or whether this could potentially cause Clinton to lose the general election come November.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]