Bernie Sanders called the leak of Democratic National Committee emails suggesting a bias against his presidential campaign “outrageous” and reiterated his call for DNC Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) to resign.
“It is not a great shock to me,” Sanders said during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday morning. “There’s no question in my mind and no question to any objective observer’s mind that the DNC was supporting Hillary Clinton and was in opposition to our campaign.”
“That is why, many, many months ago, I made it clear that I thought Debbie Wasserman Schultz should resign, should step down, not only because of the prejudice I think they showed during the campaign, but also because I think we need a new leadership in the Democratic Party, which is going to open up that party to working people, to young people,” said Sanders, who has endorsed Clinton but has not officially suspended his campaign.
Wikileaks Friday published thousands of internal DNC emails illegally obtained by the hacker Guccifer 2.0, a number of which showed party officials discussing ways to undercut Sanders’ campaign.
In a May 5 email, DNC Chief Financial Officer Brad Marshall suggested that Sanders should be asked about his religious beliefs ahead of the primaries in Kentucky and West Virginia.
“This could make several points difference with my peeps,” Marshall wrote. “My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist.” He has since issued an apology for his comments.
As a result of the leak, Wasserman Schultz will not be speaking at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next week. “She’s been quarantined,” one Democratic Party official told CNN.
Donald Trump, the Republican Party’s newly minted presidential nominee, weighed in on the controversy Saturday morning with a tweet. “Leaked e-mails of DNC show plans to destroy Bernie Sanders,” the candidate tweeted. “Mock his heritage and much more. On-line from Wikileakes [sic], really vicious. RIGGED.”
During an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” aired Sunday morning, Trump said the Clinton campaign had snubbed Sanders by selecting Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) as her running mate.
“Well, I’m not a fan of Bernie Sanders, but I am a fan of one thing that he talks about: Trade. He is the only one on that side that understands trade. … But he has been gamed,” Trump told moderator Chuck Todd. “What happened with the choice of Tim Kaine was a slap in the face to Bernie Sanders and everybody. I was shocked.”