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Flashback: That Time DWS Said There Was No Evidence To Suggest DNC Was Tipping The Scales For Clinton

Let’s take a trip down memory lane, where soon-to-be-ex chair of the Democratic National Committee Debbie Wasserman Schultz said that she wasn’t tipping the scales for Clinton. National Review through Grabien posted this video compiling the moments, where the embattled DNC chair said that there’s no shred of evidence showing that she’s favoring Hillary Clinton over Sen. Bernie Sanders.

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In the video, she says in a CNN interview, “Let me state again we are not putting our thumb on the scale for any candidate. In fact, I’m very proud of the result in our six debate schedule because quite frankly it’s resulted in record viewership.”

Yeah, all three points are lies. First, the debate schedule was one of the criticisms from the Sanders and then-Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s campaigns that the process wasn’t going to be as open as some might have hoped at the outset of the Democratic primaries. Even left-leaning Politifact gave a false claim stamp to Schultz’s claim that this six-debate schedule was meant to maximize exposure. As for record viewership, more people watched the Republicans. Last point, we now have troves of evidence showing that the DNC was working against Sanders behind the scenes, making suggestions that many might say could be grounds for resignation or dismissal.

So far, only Mrs. Schultz has opted to show herself out through the exit of the DNC (via WaPo):

Many of the most damaging emails suggest the committee was actively trying to undermine Bernie Sanders's presidential campaign. Basically all of these examples came late in the primary -- after Hillary Clinton was clearly headed for victory -- but they belie the national party committee's stated neutrality in the race even at that late stage.

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On May 5, DNC officials appeared to conspire to raise Sanders's faith as an issue and press on whether he was an atheist -- apparently in hopes of steering religious voters in Kentucky and West Virginia to Clinton. Sanders is Jewish but has previously indicated that he's not religious.

One email from DNC chief financial officer Brad Marshall read: “It might may no difference, but 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. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist."

Marshall added in a later email: “It’s these Jesus thing.”

In response, CEO Amy Dacey said: "Amen."

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The email story has been a fiasco, even prompting the Florida Democratic delegation to boo Wasserman Schultz when she spoke with them Monday morning. It was a total disaster. It has Bernie supporters seething with rage—and it confirms what many have already thought about the DNC, especially if you were a Bernie-ite from the beginning. So, if you want evidence of the behind the scenes scale tipping done by Democrats against one of their own during the primaries, I suggest you head on down to Wikileaks. There are 20,000 emails to go over.

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