Didn’t see this one coming… but can’t say that we blame him!
While the media’s been enamored with the “division” in the GOP as Donald Trump emerged as presumptive nominee, they’ve been overlooking the endless drama ripping the Democratic party in half. As Senator Bernie Sanders continues to win elections… Hillary Clinton continues to rack up the delegates. Recently, Sanders has been joining his voters in voicing opposition to his own party.
The latest? Sanders just endorsed DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s competitor in Florida’s 23rd Congressional District Democratic primary. He’s also stated that if elected President, he’d end Schultz’s chairmanship. Ouch!
As reported by the Hill,
Wasserman Schultz will be facing Tim Canova in the Democratic primary for Florida’s 23rd congressional district.
“Well, clearly, I favor her opponent,” Sanders told CNN’s Jake Tapper in an interview to air Sunday on “State of the Union.” “His views are much closer to mine than as to Wasserman Schultz.”
However, Wasserman Schultz remains popular in her district, which overwhelmingly voted for Clinton in the state’s March presidential primary.
In a statement Saturday, Wasserman Schultz said she will remain neutral in the presidential election and looks forward “to working together with him for Democratic victories in the fall.”
President Obama also endorsed her in March, and Vice President Biden will headline a fundraiser for her next month.
Sanders’s comments come as tensions between him and party leaders escalate. Last weekend saw a chaotic state convention in Nevada in which Sanders supporters angrily opposed rules they thought unfairly benefited Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.
Wasserman Schultz and other Democratic party leaders called on Sanders to condemn the actions of his supporters, but he defiantly accused the state party and leadership of favoring Clinton instead.
“Party Leaders in Nevada…claim that the Sanders campaign has a ‘penchant for violence.’ That is nonsense. Our campaign has held giant rallies all across this country, including in high-crime areas, and there have been zero reports of violence,” Sanders said, before saying that Democrat leadership used its power “to prevent a fair and transparent” convention.
“If the Democratic Party is to be successful in November, it is imperative that all state parties treat our campaign supporters with fairness and the respect that they have earned,” the Vermont senator added.
If the past is any indicator of the future (particularly the Democrat’s Nevada State convention), the drama is only beginning. Sanders and his supporters rightfully feel their party isn’t treating them fairly. The National Convention in Philadelphia should be very, very interesting.