There is something brewing and Sen. Bernie Sanders’ and his supporters are brewing it. Sanders will be holding a private closed-door meeting with his delegates Monday July 25, in Philly, just a few hours ahead of the Democratic convention and on the same day he is scheduled to speak at the DNC. It is not clear what his meeting will be about but according to Associated Press Sanders has promised “a special meeting” to his 1900 delegates. The meeting might just be a chit-chat of old buddies but it raises eyebrows when he says that while he is coming out to support Clinton, he is not dropping out of the race. What does that mean? Clearly, such cryptic messages are bound to confuse anyone and the delegates are confused about what the next steps will be according to Associated Press. The message is even more confusing especially because Sanders has not yet suspended his campaign and his website is still accepting donations. Some of Sanders’ delegates and supporters have been organizing by email and social media on how to respond slash protest at the DNC if the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and DNC do not make more concessions to support their agenda. Some delegates plan to engage the convention in amendment fights and there is talk of even interrupting Clinton’s acceptance speech. The tension escalated July 22nd, when DNC emails leaked by Wikileaks revealed that at least one person, identified as top DNC official, planned to undermine Sanders by questioning his faith in the following email.
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.
Even though Sanders’ name was not mentioned in the email, it’s plausible to assume he was the subject since he was the only Jewish candidate seeking Democratic nomination. This is a big deal because it proves Sanders’ complaints that DNC was not fair to him and tipped the scales in favor of Clinton. There is no evidence DNC acted on the suggestion but the damage is done. Sanders supporters have been granted permits to protest outside the DNC and they are planing several more protests nationwide and the leaked emails are likely to add more fuel to their frustration. Organizers are using twitter to reach out to supporters using several hashtags including #SeeYouInPhilly, #NeverHillaryorTrump, #Bernieorbust among others. Whatever their grievance, Sanders’ supporters need to come to a realization that campaigns can be rough and sometimes there are dirty tricks. In this case there is no evidence DNC pursued the smear effort. The primary season is over, unless they want to get Donald Trump elected president, they should come to a table, hush out their differences and rally their support behind Clinton. The two campaigns have made a lot of progress in creating a unified platform and the Clinton campaign and DNC have made various good faith efforts such as embracing the single-payer healthcare reform, minimum wage increase, student loan
reforms, and opposition to TPP among others to accommodate their demands into the party platform.
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