The Democrat Convention in Philadelphia has been defined by mayhem. Socialist Bernie Sanders’ supporters planned protests over Hillary Clinton’s nomination long before they had hard evidence of blatant favoritism of the Democrat National Committee (DNC).
However, the anger of Sanders’ supporters rose to a new level when Wiki-Leaks released 20,000 emails hacked from DNC servers.
You see, the emails gave proof of what Sanders’ supporters long suspected, that the Democrat party actively worked to ensure Sanders did not get the nomination. Rather than a vote by the people, Hillary Clinton’s nomination became a coronation by the party.
In Philadelphia, hundreds of Democrats are still protesting outside the convention shouting, “No, no, DNC—we won’t vote for Hillary!” And, “Lock her up.” Many even held signs and wore t-shirts reading, “Hillary for Prison.”
Inside the convention wasn’t much better Hillary, as for awhile it appeared that any mention of Clinton’s name elicited boos.
Washington State Democrat chair Jaxon Ravens said that he was “not at all concerned” by the blatant (often disrespectful) dissension. Ravens also claimed that the state’s delegation “behaved respectfully, with most not joining in the boos Monday night.”
Of course, that’s not entirely true. Washington delegates were seen chanting “Bernie! Bernie!” in response to any praise of Clinton.
Recently, some Washington state delegates (who were there for Bernie Sanders) publically criticized their party for claiming a “manufactured” sense of unity, “while circulating data from Election Justice USA that suggested there were voting ‘anomalies’ during the primary contest.”
These delegates expressed their dissatisfaction with their party by participating in the walk out following Clinton’s official coronation.
Washington state delegates are understandably upset over the revelations of dishonesty in the DNC — and by the subsequent belittlement by party officials. After all, Sanders won every single county in Washington State caucuses. In fact, he won with 72.7% of the vote.
Sanders’ victory earned him 101 delegates. However, thanks to the fact that the Democrat Party isn’t all that democratic (a fact that was reinforced by the emails), Clinton did not walk away empty-handed. By every indication, she received all of our state’s 17 unpledged “superdelegates.”
Yesterday, Sanders attempted to do damage control with our state’s delegates. They received a breakfast visit from Sanders — the purpose was to urge them to participate in the efforts to beat Donald Trump not — interestingly enough — support Clinton.
In other words, try as Democrats may, Hillary Clinton will never be a unifying force for the party.
Rather, she’s an untrustworthy force of division… much like the Democrat Party itself.
Clay Fitzgerald says
Dissension in the ranks of the democrat party! My oh my, what’s the world coming to?