“We have an electoral process. The DNC, by its charter, is required to be neutral among the candidates. Clearly it was not,” Jeff Weaver said.
Jeff Weaver, Bernie Sanders campaign manager, expressed to ABC News the campaign’s disappointment at the Democratic National Committee for favoring Hillary Clinton throughout the Democratic primary as seen in the recent Wikileaks email leak on Friday.
Weaver also disclosed his surprise that nobody within the DNC had made any effort to reach out to him regarding the email leak and what was enclosed in the documents. Already, however, a top staffer DNC CFO Brad Marshall, apologized for conspiring to use Bernie Sanders’ religious beliefs against him in the states of West Virginia and Kentucky during Clinton campaigning in those states. This, among many other emails between top DNC staffers, proves collusion to undermine the Sanders campaign for presidency while party leader Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and other top staffers told the public they were entirely neutral and that no favoritism had taken place.
He went on to explain that it’s most likely Wasserman-Schultz who was ultimately responsible for this sort of behavior:
“We are trying to build unity for the fall to beat Donald Trump and Debbie Wasserman Schultz is a figure of disunity in the party, not a figure of unity,” Weaver added. Weaver and the DNC chairwoman have tangled often during this campaign cycle. Asked specifically whether she should resign, Weaver responded, “She should consider what her options are.”
Weaver said that he was surprised that no one with the party had reached out to him, “given the conduct that was disclosed” in the emails. Several of the emails showed that DNC staff called Weaver names including “a liar.”
Several members of Sanders staff have expressed specific outrage over the emails, which seemed to suggest attacking the senator’s religion. Sanders’ former Iowa State Director Robert Becker told ABC News that it showed “a total lack of decency.”
Hillary Clinton had raised support from hundreds of super delegates over a year ago, long before the primaries had started and before she even started campaigning, which has been a topic of contention from the Sanders camp since super delegates don’t actually vote until July 25th, the first day of the Democratic Convention. On Monday, the convention will start and is a contested convention, meaning neither candidate received enough pledged delegates to win the nomination and will rely on superdelegates to make the final decision.