Bernie Supporters: Debbie Wasserman Schultz Resignation Not Enough

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 09: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), speaks during a campaign rally at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium June 9, 2016 in Washington, DC. After a meeting with President Barack Obama earlier at the White House, Sanders said he will work with Hillary Clinton to beat Donald Trump in the presidential election. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Sanders supporters want more than a Debbie Wasserman-Schultz resignation. (Getty)

Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced that she will resign after the Democratic National Convention, AP reported. Earlier today, Bernie Sanders demanded her resignation after nearly 20,000 DNC emails were released by WikiLeaks that showed she and others in the DNC had a clear bias against Sanders. The emails reveal deep dislike of Sanders’ campaign on the part of many Democratic party officials, along with overt efforts to help Clinton’s campaign despite DNC rules requiring the party stay neutral. Now, the Democratic party has announced that Wasserman Schultz will not be speaking at the Convention, although she may still gavel in and gavel out each session. Bernie supporters say this isn’t enough.

Here’s what you need to know.

Supporters Want More than a DWS Resignation

Debbie Wasserman Schultz will be resigning after the Convention and will be replaced by Donna Brazile, who also had an email showing dislike for Sanders that was leaked. Sanders said Sunday morning that he believed Debbie Wasserman Schultz should resign:

I asked and demanded Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s resignation many, many months ago and I state that again. I don’t think she is qualified to be the chair of the DNC. Not only for these awful emails which revealed the prejudice of the DNC, but also because we need a party that reaches out to working people and young people and I don’t think her leadership style is doing that.”

But for Sanders’ supporters, a resignation is a good start, but it just isn’t enough.

Sanders supporters have been saying all through the primaries that they suspected the Democratic party was not being neutral, as their rules require, but were promoting the Clinton campaign. DNC emails released by WikiLeaks (which you can read in this story) show clear bias on many staffers’ parts, and even plans to float stories to the media about Sanders’ campaign being “a mess” and plans to attack his religion in the hope that he would drop a few points in the polls. Emails also showed the DNC leaking Sanders’ campaign documents to reporters.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz was at the center of much of this, but she wasn’t the only one. Even her resignation won’t be enough for Sanders supporters who say the entire process was rigged. Some supporters still believe Clinton’s campaign was involved somehow:

Clinton Praised Wasserman-Schultz and Is Giving Her an Honorary Position on Her Team

Adding salt to the wound, Clinton praised Wasserman Schultz in a statement released to the public after DWS’s resignation was announced. Clinton praised her and called her a longtime friend and offered her an honorary position. Her statement said, in part:

I want to thank my longtime friend Debbie Wasserman Schultz for her leadership of the Democratic National Committee… I am grateful to Debbie for getting the Democratic Party to this year’s historic convention… There’s simply no one better at taking the fight to the Republicans than Debbie–which is why I am glad that she has agreed to serve as honorary chair of my campaign’s 50-state program to gain ground and elect Democrats in every part of the country… I look forward to campaigning with Debbie in Florida and helping her in her re-election bid… because as President, I will keep fighters like Debbie in Congress…”

The statement was definitely salt-in-the-wound for Sanders supporters, who were encouraged by Sanders to sign up to run in local, state, and federal Democratic campaigns around the country. Sanders is supporting Wasserman Schultz’s competitor for Congress, Tim Canova.

Tampa Bay reported that President Barack Obama was also praising Wasserman Schultz. “For the last eight years, Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has had my back.  This afternoon, I called her to let her know that I am grateful. Her leadership of the DNC has meant that we had someone who brought Democrats together not just for my re-election campaign, but for accomplishing the shared goals we have had for our country.”

Many Bernie Supporters Aren’t Interested in Calls for Democratic Party Unity

Bernie Sanders endorsed Clinton and called for unity in the party to make sure Donald Trump is not elected. But many Sanders supporters say that they see the signs of collusion in the Democratic party and concerns about possible election fraud as being just as bad as a potential Trump presidency. Bernie Sanders supporters still want a Sanders nomination, and many are even more firmly in the #NeverHillary camp now. On Reddit, one Bernie supporter wrote:

Here’s the thing. If you roll over and vote for Hillary, you’ll be taken for granted in future elections. The DNC will know that, despite your protests, you will fall in line and vote for whatever corrupt corporatist candidate they choose.”

Meanwhile, Clinton’s campaign has announced that the DNC leaks were Russia’s attempt to get Trump elected. Sanders supporters aren’t buying it:

Or they’re seeing an interesting twist on the news:

Many supporters are staging a movement they call #DemExit, where they are leaving the Democratic party by the hundreds and even thousands.

Others are planning to vote for a third party candidate, potentially Jill Stein or Gary Johnson. On Reddit, one person wrote:

I think everyone for the most part agrees that our two party system is horrible. The only way that will change is if people vote their conscience. I always say if not now, when?”

Still others have joined Trump’s campaign to try to keep out establishment politics. On Reddit, one Bernie supporter wrote, “I’m starting to lean more toward Trump every day. And I really hate that I feel that way.” Another responded: “Well I’d much rather have an *** president than an unindicted criminal any day of the year.”

Still more are joining protests at the Democratic convention, where they will march and rally to have their voices heard. Bernie Sanders is speaking on Monday at the DNC and many of his supporters want him to rescind his endorsement and run third party. This isn’t likely to happen, since his main goals lately have been ensuring Trump isn’t elected and pushing for progressives to join the Democratic party in other elections. But many of his supporters are prepared to throw their vote behind another candidate. Whatever happens, it appears the Democratic National Convention will be anything but boring.

Read more about the DNC and protests below:

When Are the Bernie Sanders’ DNC Marches and Protests?

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O'Malley said the DNC was rigging its debates 11 months ago. Talking with the press later, he said it was being done for Clinton. Watch his speech here.

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WikiLeaks List: Most Damaging Emails About DNC, Clinton, & Bernie

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  1. Definitely Not good enough… especially since they are basically putting Debbie 2.0 in her place for now… an ardent Hill Bot that demanded Bernie’s resignation… a pro-establishment corporatist….

    There is only one way to placate us, Bernie as the nominee. Otherwise we leave and never vote Dem again.

    Or, at least give us a week everywhere to revote (open voting too, no closed voting) with the UN controlling the elections with paper trails and real fair elections to settle this once and for all.

  2. Such a mess, if Russia is releasing Democratic party emails and Hillary Clinton has to do with ALL, just let her keep doing wrong, there are no consequences, and Clinton cash documentary film, watch it, with the impeached Bill Clinton wheeling and dealing, corruption to the core, and we are supposed to put them in the white house!? Bill Clinton will be saying” I’m BACK!” Scares me worse or as much as Donald Trump, who loves the Clintons when he needs to.

  3. DWS isn’t enough. Hillary cannot keep what she stole. Hillary has to go. #No Unity #NeverHillary #DemExit #JillNotHill

    • A theft is not a win. That should be chanted through the entire nomination process at the DNC. A theft is not a win! Loud, Clear and relentlessly.

  4. This whole ordeal is simply validation of what Bernie Sanders’ supporters had suspected all along…I think it’s awful. I have asked tens of people and almost all are firm that they will be “doing a Bernie write-in”; myself included. If we all band together and write Bernie on our ballots we can make this happen. #berniewritein

  5. are we forgetting that hillary received 4 million more votes from the american people?
    Lots of lies & conspiracy theories here
    How do you have a nominee that truly did not win??

    • There are no lies or conspiracy theories here, read the emails. That vote total you quoted is also probably not accurate, there are lawsuits ongoing as we speak. If you can still support her, go ahead. But Bernie supporters will be taking our votes elsewhere. She will not win the general.

  6. Sanders responded to WIKILEAK E-mails, on “FACE THE NATION”, by saying: The system is “rigged” and Hillary is the only one that can FIX it!!
    And woudn’t you know, Hillary fixed it by praising and offering Debbie Wasserman an HONORARY position ( to promote Democratic Candidates in 50 staes.)

    Of course, in Hillary’s world, dishonesty should not go without reward!! After all, someone like Wasserman, can be very valuable to her, in the future, by doing her dirty works, as she did in this case. If Bernie praises Hillary, at the convention, in any form or shape, then you will know he, too, is part of the same “rigged” system! No honest person can possibly praise dishonesty, let alone endorse undeniably corrupt person, such as Hillary!!! Both Hillary and Bill knew exactly what was going on, since Wasserman is their long time friend. She did it, not only as a favor, but also to be rewarded, in Hillary’s administration! That is why Hillary showed her appreciation—at least for now—by giving Wasserman an “Honorary Position”!!!!

  7. DWS (Debbie), should appologize publically to the DNC and Publically to Bernie Sanders. And I would like to see her leave politics altogether. We don’t need Zionist infiltrators subverting our elections. Because the damage she has done, RESIGNING IS NOT ENOUGH! She has to do more to salvage Hillary’s reputation. The way things are going Debbie may have handed the election to Trump. Once the voting machine frauds are evidenced, in court, Debbie should face some jail time.

    However right now if there is no big public apology and absolution of Hillary then f*ck the Dem’s. Either way I will look forward to Debbie in prison.

  8. Hillary FIRE DWS!!!!! For the first time in my life I may do as many of my friends are doing and not vote for a presidential nominee but just down ticket candidates. Show you still have integrity. Fire DWS! You would earn my vote!

  9. Always suspected, as most everyone, that the DNC was working against Bernie Sanders. But now, moving on toward the general election, I can’t help but be absolutely shocked and dismayed that Hillary Clinton would jeopardize her prez campaign as well as all Democratic voters by hiring Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The only reason, it seems to me, that the Clinton campaign would do this is because they and the DNC believe Wasserman Schultz can help Clinton in Florida. These people are naive – Wasserman Schultz isn’t popular outside of her congressional district, and even in that small realm, her reputation isn’t solid.