Bernie Sanders and his ardent supporters just got an apology from the Democratic National Committee regarding the WikiLeaks email scandal that recently rocked the organization. The FBI is currently investigating the circumstances that led to the hack of the DNC and resulted in a dump of thousands of private emails, many of which focused on the DNC’s oppression of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders over the course of his presidential campaign.
For months now, Bernie Sanders and his loyal supporters have claimed that the DNC not only blatantly favored Hillary Clinton as the party’s nominee, but that they were taking steps to promote the former of Secretary of State and to increase her chances of a primary victory over Bernie Sanders, reports The New York Post.
The fallout from the DNC email scandal has been widespread, and it couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Democratic Party. The dump of the hacked private emails came over the weekend leading up the Democratic National Convention, and the information contained in the emails has put a huge damper on unity efforts between Bernie Sanders, his supporters, and the mainstream Democratic Party.
The DNC’s public apology to Bernie Sanders and his supporters came on Monday, the first day of the Democratic National Convention. The DNC called some of the remarks made about Bernie Sanders in the leaked emails “inexcusable.”
“On behalf of everyone at the DNC, we want to offer a deep and sincere apology to Senator Sanders, his supporters, and the entire Democratic Party for the inexcusable remarks made over email. These comments do not reflect the values of the DNC or our steadfast commitment to neutrality during the nominating process. The DNC does not — and will not — tolerate disrespectful language exhibited toward our candidates.”
The Democratic National Committee’s public apology to both Bernie Sanders and his supporters was issued by interim chair Donna Brazile. Brazile stated that the individual DNC staffers involved in the controversial leaked email conversations have “rightfully apologized” for their comments. She also promised that the DNC is working toward a solution that will ensure no future presidential candidates endure what Bernie Sanders went through over the course of his now-defunct campaign.
Donna Brazile is currently acting as interim chairperson of the DNC solely because of the Wikileaks email dump. Her predecessor, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, found herself out of the job after the content of the once private emails were made public. On Sunday, Schultz announced that she would be resigning following the Democratic National Convention as a result of her words against Bernie Sanders during the 2016 primary.
It was later announced that she wouldn’t be presiding over the convention, an event at where Bernie Sanders is a scheduled keynote speaker.
Senator Sanders officially endorsed Hillary Clinton for president earlier this month. He called for his supporters, who have been vocal Bernie Sanders proponents over the course of his entire presidential campaign, to rally behind presumptive Democratic nominee Clinton in order to ensure that Donald Trump doesn’t end up in the White House.
Bernie Sanders’ supporters, however, appear to be very disinclined to get behind the nominee and the party that they believe stabbed them in the back. As Reuters reports, Bernie Sanders’ supporters ignored the “unity agenda” on the first day of the Democratic National Convention and decided to continue to throw their support behind Bernie. Even though Sanders has come out in support of his one-time rival Hillary Clinton.
The dissent of Bernie Sanders’ supporters became increasingly apparent during the convention Monday as Bernie supporters collectively booed every time Hillary Clinton’s name was mentioned at the podium.
Bernie Sanders’ supporters even turned on their own candidate on Monday when he spoke out in favor of party unity and widespread Clinton support. The masses loudly chanted “We want Bernie,” in the aftermath of the news that the DNC really had tried to sabotage Bernie Sanders in the primaries.
What do you think of the DNC’s apology? Should Bernie and his supporters let bygones be bygones and unite behind Hillary Clinton and against Donald Trump? Or was the DNC’s Bernie Sanders apology much too little, much too late?
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