#Demexit Gathers Steam: Enraged Over Hillary Clinton's Nomination, Progressives Threaten To Leave Democratic Party In Packs

Mohit Priyadarshi

Hillary Clinton's latest problem? #Demexit.

Outraged over the Democratic Party's abandonment of progressive values and their seemingly undemocratic selection (anointment?) of Hillary Clinton as the presumptive nominee, progressive democrats are contemplating exiting the party once and for all. Rather than help elect Clinton, who is viewed as essentially dishonest, untrustworthy, and warmongering by a large section of Americans, these registered Democrats would prefer voting for third-party candidates like Jill Stein or Libertarian Gary Johnson.

For Sanders' supporters, the 2016 Democratic race was mired in one controversy after the other. Allegations against DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz setting up televised debates on questionable dates reportedly to suit Clinton had started doing the rounds even before the primary season began, which were later followed by nationwide allegations of election fraud and voter purges that almost exclusively benefited the former secretary of state.

Moreover, recent document revelations by a Romania-based hacker, Guccifer 2.0, which showed that the Democratic Party had chosen Hillary Clinton even before Bernie's campaign had hit full stride, gives further evidence to the accusations that the Democratic Party was not wholly democratic in its selection of Clinton as the presidential candidate.

Now #Demexit, a campaign that borrows its terminology from Britain's exit from the European Union, or Brexit, is spreading like wildfire in pro-Bernie circles, and it has already started trending on social media.

According to data and local discussion on Yik Yak, a location-based social network, nearly half of Sanders' millennial supporters would vote third-party in the general election, reports the Hill.

"Progressive democrats questioned the integrity of their former progressive heroes, Democratic Party rock stars like President Obama, Elizabeth Warren, Barbara Boxer, and countless others, who apparently abandoned their progressive values and grabbed hold of the party line in the hopes of getting their long-time colleague, Hillary Clinton, into office... however ultimately unelectable she might seem to many."

Because if that was the case, they wouldn't have rallied behind Bernie Sanders in the first place.

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