Hillary Clinton’s private email server scandal is not the only email-related controversy that will affect Democrats at the polls this year. A recent WikiLeaks dump of nearly 20,000 emails between members of the Democratic National Convention may be even more disastrous for the Party than Hillary’s scandal.
The messages range from January 2015 to May of this year and depict a Party reluctant to give Bernie Sanders a fair shot at securing the nomination. Some emails reveal plans to manipulate the media with false stories to besmirch the Vermont senator and former presidential candidate. Others show a willingness to use Sanders’ religion as a talking point to boost support for Hillary. "This could make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist,” wrote DNC CFO Brad Marshall.
The plethora of emails showing the DNC’s clear favor for Hillary Clinton throughout the primary race has pushed many Sanders supporters to the fringes of the political arena, as they now feel as though they cannot trust the Party that claims to represent them and their interests. Donald Trump has capitalized on this by using this as an example of a rigged system in Washington that can only be toppled by his presidency.
Since the leak, the Democratic National Convention has kicked off in chaotic fashion. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz has announced that she will step down from her position as Chair of the Democratic National Committee after the convention in Philadelphia. Sanders spoke to a palpably energized crowd on the first night of the event, and it was clear that his supporters were outraged by the fact that their candidate was never really given a shot at the nomination, despite his calls for them to vote for Hillary in November.
The Democratic National Committee has also apologized for the emails, saying that, “on behalf of everyone at the DNC, we want to offer a deep and sincere apology to Senator Sanders, his supporters, and the entire Democratic Party for the inexcusable remarks made over email.” They went on to say that the Party does not tolerate “disrespectful language” aimed at its candidates. However, even with this apology, it is still unclear as to whether Sanders supporters will be convinced to go to the polls to vote for Hillary in just a few months. Many pundits believe that this email scandal will greatly affect the Democrats’ polling numbers, while others see it as a relative non-issue on that front.
Do you think the DNC’s apology for the emails will be enough for Sanders supporters to vote Hillary?