The Democratic National Committee has reportedly installed a border wall of sorts, specifically an eight-foot fence that supposedly spans four miles, around its convention venue.
The DNC conclave at the Wells Fargo Center, which will formally nominate Hillary Clinton as the party's presidential standard-bearer, starts tomorrow. The convention delegates will also confirm Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as Clinton's VP running mate.
The Wells Fargo Center is situated at the South Philadelphia Sports Complex, a cluster of stadiums and arenas where the city's teams play their home games. The area also includes Xfinity Live!, Citizens Bank Park, Lincoln Financial Field, and nearby FDR Park.
When news first emerged in June that a no-scale fence would allegedly keep Bernie Sanders protesters and others outside the convention security perimeter, it was referred to as a Bernie Barrier.
Led by Hillary Clinton, most Democrats are dead set against Donald Trump's controversial idea of building a wall at the U.S.-Mexican border for security purposes that the GOP presidential nominee vows that the government of Mexico will pay for. The chants of "build the wall" were often heard in the Quicken Loans Arena during last week's Republican National Convention in Cleveland.In a recent interview with Univision, Hillary Clinton declared that building a wall is an incorrect approach and instead "we should be building bridges… building understanding."
The American Mirror claims that the DNC is supportive of a security fence in Philadelphia, however.
"The DNC has erected a four-mile fence around its convention site at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center. (Isn't it ironic they're doing so much to protect a site named after a bank?) The fence, which appears to be about 8 feet tall, is intended to keep out any individuals with whom Democratic Party leaders, delegates, and other liberal elites would rather not mingle."The Bustle website reports, however, that activists and the Bernie-or-Bust cohort will still be able to make their voices heard during rallies as the convention moves forward.
"Protesters [were] afraid that the wall would block delegates from seeing or hearing the scores of Bernie Sanders supporters who planned to descend upon the convention space...But the tens of thousands of protesters expected to attend the convention shouldn't worry too much, Philadelphia's Deputy Managing Director Brian Abernathy told Philly.com. Abernathy assured protesters that the fencing around FDR park would not block their visibility to the convention space. 'It is in close proximity to the delegates. Busses drive right by them. They will be seen and they will be heard.'"Officials have already issued an excessive-heat warning for the City of Brotherly Love.
In addition to the ongoing superdelegate dispute that has become a wedge issue for the Democrats, things could get hot inside and outside the convention center given the revelations from the Wikileaks #DNCLeaks whereby an email trove appears to expose the Democratic Party hierarchy's attempt to undermine the Sanders campaign during the primary season in favor of Hillary Clinton.
Under pressure following the email release, DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz will step down from that position at the end of the convention. "Her announcement that she was leaving had pro-Sanders supporters cheering during a demonstration in Philadelphia and Donald Trump and other Republicans crowing about the disarray among the Democrats," CNN explained.The Zero Hedge website summarized what it argued were three key elements of the Wikileaks #DNCLeak document dump of about 19,000 emails.
- There had been a plot designed to smear Bernie Sanders and to hand the Democratic nomination to Hillary on a silver platter.
- There has been repeated collusion between the DNC and the media.
- There has been questionable fundraising for both Hillary Clinton and the DNC.
Parenthetically, many Democrats (and their allied organizations) also oppose a photo ID requirement to vote in elections. Their 2012 national convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, that nominated Barack Obama for his second-term campaign, required a photo ID for purposes of obtaining credentials to enter the venue, however. It is unclear if the 2016 DNC convention in Philadelphia will require a photo ID to access the Wells Fargo Center.
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UPDATES: It turns out that a photo ID is apparently required by the DNC in Philadelphia."There is nothing inherently racist or wrong about building fences/walls or requiring IDs, but Democrats have chosen in their eternal hypocrisy to claim otherwise — all while they themselves build fences/walls and require IDs," the Conservative Tribune claimed. The DNC appears to have also built a wall around the convention podium.