Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor for Bill Clinton, has furiously demanded that Hillary Clinton fire Democratic Party chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz after WikiLeaks released emails suggesting that Wasserman Schultz and her DNC staff were biased against Bernie Sanders.
The damning leaks by Guccifer 2.0 exposed emails that featured DNC staff eager to combat and suppress the Bernie Sanders campaign in support of Hillary Clinton during the Democratic primaries.
“Hillary should fire Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Now. Don’t wait until next week to replace her,” Reich began in a Facebook post Saturday.
Saying the emails “confirm what most of us already knew,” Reich gave multiple examples of the DNC forgoing impartiality in favor of Clinton.
When the director of communications wanted to complain to CNN about a segment the network aired in which Bernie said he would oust the chairwoman if he were elected, Wasserman Schultz emails back, “he isn’t going to be president.” In reference to a Washington Post piece that said Bernie was seeking a more balanced approach to Israel and Palestine, she emails “the Israel stuff is disturbing,” prompting another official to email back that Hillary’s campaign had pushed the story. In other emails Wasserman Schultz refers to Bernie’s campaign manager as a “damn liar,” and “an ASS.”
Another email shows one DNC official trying to get reporters to write that Bernie’s campaign is “a mess.” In another, the DNC’s chief financial officer seeks ways to bring attention to Bernie’s religious beliefs, “for KY and WVA can we get someone to ask his belief. Does he believe in a God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I think I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps.” Other emails show officials of the DNC using “us” language when referring to Hillary supporters and “them” language in reference to Bernie’s.
Fire her now.
Reich was an early and consistent supporter of Sanders during the Democratic primary, officially endorsing in January with a post that said “I’ve known Hillary Clinton since she was 19 years old, and have nothing but respect for her. In my view, she’s the most qualified candidate for president of the political system we now have. But Bernie Sanders is the most qualified candidate to create the political system we should have, because he’s leading a political movement for change.”
The email leak doesn’t seem to have troubled the Clinton campaign as of this writing. Clinton appeared with Wasserman Schultz today at a campaign stop in Florida, where they officially presented Tim Kaine as Clinton’s Vice Presidential pick.
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