The recent series of hacked Democratic emails have proved to be a big nuisance for the Clinton campaign. One big revelation from these series of emails leaked by WikiLeaks has been about the Democratic Party’s hesitancy of the Sanders Campaign. The more recent leaks show them saying unkind things about the Vermont senator and his campaign.
The most recent batch of leaked emails show members of the Clinton campaign belittling and using less-than-flattering expressions to describe Sanders. In one of these emails, John Podesta, the Clinton campaign manager, calls Bernie Sanders a “doofus.” But in an interview with the Washington Post, which was done in his hometown of Burlington, Vermont, Senator Sanders chose to stay loyal to his party and actually decided to speak in defense of Hillary’s campaign over the recent series of WikiLeaks email dumps from her campaign manager, John Podesta.
Sanders didn’t seem surprised about the things in these emails, hinting that he knew about them all along. Later, he found a rather creative way to defend Hillary, claiming that if WikiLeaks were to hack into his campaign emails, they would find a lot of unflattering things said about the Democratic nominee and her campaign, even though he declined from offering examples.
“Trust me, if they went into our emails — I suppose which may happen, who knows — I’m sure there would be statements that would be less than flattering about, you know, the Clinton staff. That’s what happens in campaigns.”
While there had been rumors that the DNC were pushing for Clinton to get nominated and never wanted Bernie Sanders to win, it has been revealed over recent months, via these leaked emails, that they were actually working against him. An earlier batch of these leaked emails show that the officials of the Democratic National Committee were plotting against Sanders during his bid against Hillary in Vermont. The emails showed DNC officials planning to push false rumors about the Vermont senator, such as him being an atheist, in order to divert his support.
In the interview with the Washington Post, Sanders also spoke about his view on the Clinton campaign and how they operated.
“The way they work is very, very different than the way we work. We did not have a committee deciding what kind of jokes I would be telling. In fact, we usually had me scrambling to write my speech on a yellow piece of paper, which I finished three minutes before I would go up there. So, you know, they were much more prepared and much better organized and careful about what they were saying or not saying…. The way they do politics is very different.”
Bernie Sanders ran against Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary for the 2016 presidential election. While immensely popular among the young voters, Sanders eventually lost to Clinton. He has endorsed Hillary’s campaign and urged his supporters to vote for her to make sure Trump doesn’t win. Sanders had asked for more debates with Hillary and had claimed that the DNC was hesitant in allowing it. After the recent emails confirmed this, Sanders spoke about it in the Washington Post interview.
“It’s amusing. We said that the Clinton campaign was heavily influencing what the DNC was doing regarding debates, and that’s exactly what had been happening. None of that is a shock to me. Was I shocked to find out that the DNC was partial toward Clinton? Not exactly. That’s something we knew from day one.”
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