Although socialist Bernie Sanders may have lost the battle with DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz over Hillary Clinton's nomination, he's wants to win the war.
Thanks to a successful campaign with millions of followers and a number of state primary and caucus wins, although Sanders ultimately lost his race for the White House, he has enormous leverage moving forward as Democrats scramble to unify the party just five weeks before the DNC convention in Philadelphia.
Today, Sanders will meet with President Obama at the White House. What will they discuss? Reportedly, Sanders will demand DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz be fired in exchange for his backing of Clinton and encouragement of supporters to do the same.
The Vermont senator, whose Democratic presidential campaign is still kicking despite Hillary Clinton clinching the nomination earlier this week, is set for an Oval Office meeting with the president Thursday morning. Fox News has learned Wasserman Schultz’s leadership of the Democratic National Committee is one issue he could bring up in the unity huddle.
Sanders and the DNC chairwoman have been at odds for months, with Sanders’ team long accusing her of helping now-presumptive nominee Clinton.
Whether Sanders seeks – and the president would even consider – a Schultz sacrifice is the open question.
“I don’t see how she makes it through the convention,” one Democratic lawmaker told Fox News. “The key to Hillary winning is getting Sanders supporters on board.”
Will DWS really lose her job? She's confident she won't, but given her track record and dissatisfaction with her performance from many in the Democrat Party, the possibility of her having to step aside is high.
DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz says she isn't worried about being booted from job because of tension with Sanders— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) June 8, 2016