Democracy Lost: A Report on the Fatally Flawed 2016 Democratic Primaries – IV. Documented Types of Voter Suppression and Election Fraud in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Primaries – E. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) Obstructed the Sanders Campaign and Colluded with Corporate Media Outlets to Marginalize and Smear Senator Sanders

E. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) Obstructed the Sanders Campaign and Colluded with Corporate Media Outlets to Marginalize and Smear Senator Sanders

1. Use of Superdelegate Pre-polls to Shape Media Narrative About Primaries

FiveThirtyEight‘s Harry Enten predicted1 quite frankly in June 2015 that if Bernie Sanders did well in Iowa and New Hampshire, “you’d likely see the Democratic establishment rush in to try to squash Sanders, much as Republicans did to Newt Gingrich in 2012 after he won South Carolina.” The use of superdelegates in the mainstream media played a defining role in shaping the narrative surrounding the 2016 Democratic primaries. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz baldly admitted2, in response to Jake Tapper of CNN’s question about a “rigged” process, that the superdelegate system is designed to keep party stalwarts from “running against grass roots activists” like Sanders. Enten’s boss Nate Silver went so far as to write3 that “Donald Trump Would Be Easy to Stop Under Democratic Rules,” in part because superdelegates play a substantial role. Major media followed the Associated Press (AP) in consistently including superdelegates in their counts starting with Sanders’ big win in New Hampshire, and metadata appears to show4 that the AP colluded with the Clinton campaign to announce her as winner the day before last Tuesday’s vote with nearly 700 pledged delegates at stake, largely based on polls of superdelegates, which do not vote until the Democratic National Convention.

The most damning evidence of top DNC officials working against the Sanders campaign came in the form of a leaked DNC email archive published by whistleblowing website WikiLeaks on July 22nd, 2016. In addition to depicting a general culture of contempt for the Sanders campaign, the emails show DNC officials colluding with journalists from corporate media outlets to marginalize, and in some cases, smear Sanders himself by planting stories.

2. Evidence from the WikiLeaks DNC Email Archive

On July 22, 2016, the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks released nearly 20,000 e-mails from top DNC staffers, including communications director Luis Miranda, press secretary Mark Paustenbach, and chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

The leaked e-mails demonstrate officials suggesting PR attacks on Sanders and a general feeling of contempt/marginalization toward the Sanders campaign. In fact, after the release was made public, major news organization headlines included:

  1. Observer: “Wikileaks Proves Primary Was Rigged: DNC Undermined Democracy” – 7/22/16

  2. BuzzFeed: “Leaked Emails Prove DNC Staffers Plotting Against Sanders Campaign” – 7/22/16

  3. ABC: “Emails Released by WikiLeaks Appear to Show DNC Trying to Aid Hillary Clinton” – 7/22/16

  4. The Huffington Post: “WikiLeaks Emails Show DNC Favored Hillary Clinton Over Bernie Sanders During the Democratic Primary” – 7/23/16

Some media sources questioned the authenticity of the emails. But DNC staffer Brad Marshall’s public apology on Facebook for his emails in the WikiLeaks release confirmed the authenticity.

Beck & Lee Trial Lawyers has filed a class action lawsuit against the DNC, filing charges of fraud and negligence based on the allegation that they did not remain neutral during the primaries.

Here is a quick look at some of the most egregious emails:

1. The Bernie Narrative

In one case that particularly stands out, using the subject line “Bernie narrative,” national press secretary Mark Paustenbach proposed moving to weaken the Sanders campaign by planting the media narrative that the campaign itself was poorly organized and in disarray, thereby acquitting the DNC:

It’s not a DNC conspiracy, it’s because they never had their act together.”

2. Weaken Sanders’ Support By Questioning His Religion

DNC’s chief financial officer, Brad Marshall, suggested that top party officials should plant a question to Sanders about his religious beliefs in order to weaken his support in Kentucky and West Virginia in advance of their primaries. Sanders’ name was never explicitly mentioned, but it seemed the DNC CEO knew exactly who he was talking about. Marshall wrote:

This could make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist.”

3. Polling Locations Were Cut in Rhode Island, but the DNC’s Worry Was About Sanders

Another exchange among DNC staffers discusses a “Problem brewing in Rhode Island” after polling locations were cut. But the problem wasn’t voter access. The problem was “If she (Hillary) outperforms this polling, the Bernie camp will go nuts and allege misconduct. They’ll probably complain regardless, actually.”

4. WikiLeaks Emails Provide Even More Examples

Numerous other emails discuss strategies for promoting Clinton’s campaign and suspicion or dislike of Senator Sanders.

  1. One exchange talks about not letting a Bernie supporter attend a fundraiser because she was a staunch Bernie supporter.

  2. In other emails, DNC staffers talk negatively about Sanders and his campaign. They write “lol” in response to his wanting to debate Clinton in California or in response to his concern about underfunded state parties. They talk about addressing “the Bernie bs.” One email says that a Hillary Clinton primary loss simply meant: “[Bernie] is more obnoxious.”

  3. Members of the DNC appeared to work with reporters, clearing messages about Clinton before the stories were published. The same hasn’t yet been seen with any Sanders stories.

  4. Several emails indicated that DNC staffers had people inside Bernie’s staff providing them information without Sanders’ knowledge.

If you want to read the emails for yourself, Heavy.com has an in-depth story with links to the emails at: bit.ly/WikiLeaksDNC.


1 http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/what-to-make-of-the-bernie-sanders-surge/
2 https://youtu.be/w5llLIKM9Yc
3 http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/donald-trump-would-be-easy-to-stop-under-democratic-rules/
4 https://www.thenewsamerican.com/2016/06/did-clinton-know-about-ap-victory-story-in-advance/


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