The 2016 U.S. presidential election just keeps getting better and better. Rife with scandals and controversies, there is never a lack of high-voltage drama thanks to the antics of the presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. In the latest political transgression, vigilante web site, WikiLeaks, released emails from DNC account officials that exposed their agenda against Bernie Sanders during the primary.
The cyber attack was made public last week after a hacker, Guccifer 2.0, claimed responsibility. For all the eager voters who are dying to get their hands on the emails and are searching for terms like, “What is WikiLeaks,” “WikiLeaks DNC emails,” “WikiLeaks DNC hack,” “WikiLeaks Bernie Sanders,” and “WikiLeaks DNC,” you’ve come to the right place because we’ll tell you everything you need to know! Here are five facts about the WikiLeaks DNC emails.
Almost 20,000 Emails Were Leaked
WikiLeaks released 19,252 emails from the accounts of DNC officials that included 175 spreadsheets and 891 documents. The leaked emails clearly show DNC staffers rallying their support for Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders, instead of maintaining a neutral stance. The emails may serve as evidence in a DNC class action lawsuit speculating that the primaries were rigged.
DNC, Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Resigned
In light of the current situation, Florida congresswoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, resigned from her post, succumbing to massive pressure from influential Democrats. She was at the helm of the Democratic National Committee for more than five years. Wasserman Schultz stepped down from her position as damning evidence continues to pile up against the DNC.
Speculation that Primaries Were Rigged
The damaging emails exposed the fact that the DNC committee was rooting for Hillary Clinton from the start and did not support Bernie Sanders. They made several attempts to undermine the senator from Vermont including suggesting pushing a narrative about Sanders’ campaign failure and that he “never ever had his act together, that his campaign was a mess.” The emails instigated Bernie Sanders supporters to stage protests in Philadelphia, where the convention is taking place.
Hatred Towards Bernie Sanders
The leaked emails brought to light that the DNC was actively attempting to sabotage Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. In one email, DNC officials were conspiring to make an issue out of his alleged atheism, to sway votes in Clinton’s favor after Sanders stated that he was not religious. In another email, Wasserman Schultz referred to Sanders’ campaign manager as a “damn liar.” She also asserted that the Vermont senator was unable to comprehend the work that the DNC did.
Damaging Details in the Leaked Emails
The leaked emails are proving to be extremely harmful to the DNC’s reputation after they clearly pointed out that the DNC was in favor of Hillary Clinton as opposed to Bernie Sanders. A lawyer for the Clinton campaign, gave the DNC counsel on how to respond to allegations, by the Sanders campaign, that the Clinton campaign was taking advantage of the joint fundraising committee, to benefit itself. The emails also exposed flippant banter about the donors of the presidential campaigns. Some donors were referred to as “clowns.”
Following the resignation of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Hillary Clinton issued the following statement:
“I want to thank my longtime friend Debbie Wasserman Schultz for her leadership of the Democratic National Committee over the past five years. I am grateful to Debbie for getting the Democratic Party to this year’s historic convention in Philadelphia, and I know that this week’s events will be a success thanks to her hard work and leadership. 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, and will continue to serve as a surrogate for my campaign nationally, in Florida, and in other key states. I look forward to campaigning with Debbie in Florida and helping her in her re-election bid—because as president, I will need fighters like Debbie in Congress who are ready on day one to get to work for the American people.”