No, I have not forgiven the Democratic National Committee (DNC). As a strong Bernie Sanders supporter, I have not forgiven the DNC for the way it treated both Bernie and us. For the way that they rigged — yes, RIGGED — the primary in favor of Hillary Clinton, a candidate so flawed she lost to the most disliked Presidential candidate in decades (although she ties for second in that ranking).
But I have not forgiven them and this is not due to spite or bitterness, although both options are tempting and easy to feel. The reality is much more simple — I have not forgiven the DNC because it has not asked for forgiveness. Moreover, it hasn’t even taken the first step: Admitting what it did was wrong.
Last year, I did something I never thought I would: I volunteered for a political campaign. I also did something I never dreamed I would ever do: I donated to a political candidate. Although a young voter and only encountering the second presidential election I could vote in, I was already cynical enough to believe nothing would ever compel me to give money to a politician. After all, they could get the money they needed from their wealthy donors.
But, Bernie changed everything. He inspired me, lit a passion in me that I didn’t even know I had. Now, there is no going back. I’m fired up and ready to work for change. Yet, it seems the DNC doesn’t want my help. They certainly don’t act like they do.
The current DNC chair is still Donna Brazile. Yes, even after it was revealed that Brazile leaked town hall questions to Hillary Clinton during the primary, she remains chair. “Fake News” CNN even had the good sense to fire Brazile for her conduct, but not the DNC.
Then, there is the current DNC chair race, which just seems to love bringing up the past. I did my best to watch the full DNC chair debate, but I had to rage quit an hour in after every candidate on stage refused to admit that the primary had been rigged. You can say that it was a gotcha question from the moderators if you want, but all of the candidates had just finished explaining how they would make sure that future presidential primaries were fair and balanced and wouldn’t favor any candidate. How can they talk about that and then turn around and not admit that the last primary was rigged? Did Debbie Wasserman Schultz just get bored of being chair?
Then, you have establishment favorite Tom Perez who decided to tweet (and then delete) the following comment:
(It’s hard to find proof of the original tweet, but Zaid Jilani tweeted about it, which suggests it is real.) Perhaps his use of “chair throwing” was innocent, but for Bernie supporters, it conjures up the false narrative that a chair was thrown at the Nevada State caucus, where Bernie supporters were treated in a very unfair fashion and then had the entirety of the media spread lies about their conduct.
Recently, Perez even admitted the truth no one in the DNC is willing to admit to — that the primary was rigged — and then immediately had to walk his claim back via a series of tweets. He pinned the last tweet, declaring that “Hillary became our nominee fair and square,” for good measure.
After the primary, it quickly became clear that Bernie’s email list was coveted by establishment Democrats and the Democratic party. It was also quite clear (to me anyway) that many of those on the list would be fiercely opposed to that information being handed over, between #DemExit and #BernieOrBust. Winning back the alienated Bernie Bros would require more than just their email addresses.
Yet, the DNC has made no efforts to woo us back. Rather than admitting to any wrongdoing or showing the least bit of inclination to make changes, the Democrats instead seem steadfast in their resolve to continue as they were, crying Russia! and Trump! and expecting us to shut up and help them out of fear.