Silenced by her own party

Silenced by her own party

The WikiLeaks email hacking of the Democratic National Committee shows how much the (supposed) neutral group really was pulling for Hillary, and how much they were in bed with the media, and how little they wanted actual debate within the party. The Sanders supporters protested all throughout the convention, mad that they were treated so poorly.

And some claimed that the convention had a fence — a wall, if you will — surrounding it. That I just don’t believe. C’mon, as much as they have railed against Trump’s idea, would they really build a wall to keep out undesirables? >wink<

These are my thoughts and observations during the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Mentioned links:

Detailed List of Findings in Wikileaks DNC Document Dump

Wasserman Schultz sidelined from convention as more emails show Sanders slams

VIDEO: Bernie booed telling backers to vote for Hillary

Clinton Complains About ‘Hillary Standard’ for Corruption

PHOTOS: DNC erects four-mile eight-foot tall fence around Philly convention site

Julian Assange: My Next Leak Will Ensure Hillary’s Arrest

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Show transcript

The Democratic National Convention hadn’t even begun yet, when Republicans were getting out the popcorn to watch the entertainment. Some even suggested forgoing the popcorn and breaking out the S’mores. This was going to be an implosion that would make Ted Cruz’s speech last week seem like a small firecracker.

First, Julian Assange and the Wikileaks crowd released thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee. There’s a link in the show notes to some of the particularly damaging revelations, including how much the DNC and the major media networks are in bed with each other.

It was a HUGE embarrassment for them, not the least for Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who is (well…was) the head of the committee for over 5 years. One of the things that came out from this document dump was how much the DNC was giving preferential treatment to Hillary Clinton for the nomination, and the lengths to which they would downplay and even sabotage the campaign of Bernie Sanders. Because of this, Wasserman-Schultz agreed to resign as head of the DNC after the end of the DNC. (That is, resign from the Committee after the Convention.) Essentially, she became Party Apparatchik Non-Grata.

Those boos you’re hearing? No, that’s not from the Cruz speech during the Republican convention. It’s Sanders supporters reacting to Bernie telling them they need to elect Hillary Clinton.

And this was the weekend before the convention! Sparks were flying and it hadn’t even started!

Also on the weekend before the convention, Hillary sat down with her VP pick, Tim Kaine, and talked to Scott Pelley of 60 Minutes. During that exchange, she brought up the idea of the “Hillary Standard”.

And by “unfounded, inaccurate, mean-spirited attacks”, she means proven, undeniable conclusions of an FBI investigation. But not getting indicted for her wrongdoing? That’s the “Hillary Standard”.

During the convention, there were bloggers claiming that the convention was being surrounded by – I kid you not – a fence; a wall, if you will, to keep out undesirables from the DNC. I for one, in an attempt to shut down misinformation before it takes hold, tried to nip this one in the bud. Democrats have gone on record as saying that building a wall is racist, and point to Donald Trump’s plans to build such a wall as proof of his prejudice.

And so you’re asking me to believe that Democrats, after making such a big deal about this, would build their own wall for protection? C’mon, how gullible do you think I am? Those images accompanying their posts are obviously Photoshopped.

Next thing you know, they’ll be claiming that delegates will need an ID to get in and vote.

I mentioned in the last episode that I thought that Republicans are more willing to acknowledge that not everyone agrees on everything all the time, as witnessed by the #NeverTrump movement, both before and during the convention. Now, there was a lot more disagreement over Sanders vs Hillary than Trump vs #NeverTrump. But here are the differences.

A lot of that was due to the email dump from Wikileaks. Sanders had not been booed before that, when he threw his support to Clinton. But after the revelations, then he was. And the emails themselves showed us that the Democrats, as a party, would rather play favorites than have a debate. So we had a very public debate over a nominee that played out for all the world to see, versus a very secretive, rigged system that the world wasn’t supposed to see, which got out of control during the convention. And if there’s one thing the Democratic party wants, it’s control, over all of us, but firstly over its supporters.

Julian Assange said he is holding some emails back, and they’ll be released later. I saw a headline for an article about this where Assange said that the next dump will get her arrested. When I read the headline, I thought, “Yeah, right.” Then I read the article, and while he thinks she’ll be arrested, his thoughts about Loretta Lynch indicting her are basically, “Yeah, right.”

But her supporters, when these sorts of revelations come to light, just respond, “Yeah, whatever.”

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