On the Saturday before the Democrat National Convention was set to begin in Philadelphia, the Hillary Clinton campaign no doubt wanted to be talking about the candidate’s apparent choice for vice president, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine; the message the nominee is going to give to America; and … a dump of 19,252 emails from the DNC by Wikileaks that proved the nomination was rigged?
Yes, it seemed that Hillary Clinton’s carefully managed rollout of Tim Kaine and her message to America (I’m going to guess it’s something along the lines of, “Vote for me or you’re sexist,” which doesn’t quite have the same ring as “Make America great again”) has all been blown to shreds by a document dump proving that Clinton’s cronies at the head of the Democrat Party were doing everything necessary to undermine Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign.
The emails were especially embarrassing to DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a close Hillary supporter. According to The Daily Caller, they showed several underlings of hers trying to engineer the downfall of the senator from Vermont.
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“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,” one email from DNC press secretary Mark Paustenbach on May 21 read. “Specifically, (Schultz) had to call Bernie directly in order to get the campaign to do things because they’d either ignored or forgotten to (do) something critical.”
Keep in mind that this email was written just after the Nevada convention debacle, in which Sanders supporters became violent after they claimed the whole thing had been rigged. Sanders himself said in a statement, “At that convention the Democratic leadership used its power to prevent a fair and transparent process from taking place.”
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The Bernie bros may have been violent jerks, but they weren’t necessarily wrong. Keep in mind that these emails came from party officials who were supposed to be shepherding a fair and honest primary process, not campaign officials swaying things to one particular candidate.
That was far from the only email in which DNC staffers seemed particularly keen to protect Hillary Clinton from herself at all costs. Another May 3 email from DNC Treasurer Andew Tobias called Sanders’ criticism of Clinton’s shady campaign finance tactics “awfully unfair.”
In response, DNC Chief Financial Officer Brad Marshall forwarded the message to the DNC’s CEO, Amy Dacey. Dacey called for “a more aggressive approach” in dealing with Sanders — a member of her own party running for the nomination of said party.
That would be bad enough, but it gets even worse: While the hacker claimed to be Romanian, security experts cited by The Daily Caller seemed to believe that the DNC emails, which range from Jan. 2015 to May of this year, were taken by a team of Russians.
While the emails hacked were not from either Clinton or Wasserman Schultz, they’re yet another sign that Clinton and her team have practiced such lax security that foreign actors have been able to get their hands on sensitive messaging.
Granted, any impartial observer to the proceedings this spring on the Democrat side of the aisle could attest to the very obvious fact that they were fixed. However, we didn’t know just how fixed they were, or just how much the DNC was functioning as a de facto arm of the Hillary Clinton campaign.
If I were you, Hillary, I would buckle up. I doubt this is going to be the end, and it’s going to be a bumpy ride from here on in.
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