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DNC Chair to resign. Too little, too late?

Samuel Maxime

Editor-in-Chief

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, USA (sentinel.ht) – Extremely careless in her role as arbiter of the Democratic primaries, the DNC Chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Sunday, less than a day before the DNC Convention is to kickoff, that she will be resigning after it wraps up. Why wait?

Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigns

The Florida congresswoman’s resignation is an effort by Democrats to quarantine a growing divide within the party. This divide has been festering long before a leak of 20,000 DNC emails was released Friday showing a bias among party officials for Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders.

A source told CNN that Wasserman Schultz had spoken earlier with both President Barack Obama, who appointed her head of the party, and Hillary Clinton, whom’s campaign she ran in 2008.

Not a clean break

A lot of masquerading is taking place in the Democratic party while hands are being shaken behind closed doors. Wasserman Schultz is reported to be joining the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Earlier Sunday it was announced that Debbie Wasserman Schultz would not be addressing the convention. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders reiterated his call for her resignation.

But by Sunday afternoon, when the resignation was announced, it was sad that Wasserman Schultz would be resigning after the party’s convention, Friday. It was also said that she would be speaking to open up the convention and to close it as well as addressing the delegates during the four-day event.

Much to the chagrin of Bernie Sanders supporters, he capitulated in accepting the terms of the resignation, leaving her with kind parting words, while many are looking for a floor fight. Among many, voting for Hillary Clinton in the fall, especially after choosing insider Tim Kaine as vice-president, is impossible.

DNC Vice Chair Donna Brazile will serve as interim chair through the election. Brazile is supportive of maintaining the superdelegate system, something many party delegates oppose.

Democrats not out of the woods

Chants of “Debbie is done!” and “Debbie resigned!” broke out at a pro-Sanders rally in Philadelphia after the news was announced. An estimated 35,000 Sanders supporters are expected to descend upon the City of Brotherly Love during the convention to protest.

Many Democrats have become disaffected by the party and are looking to support other candidates, such as the Green Party Candidate, Jill Stein, or even the Republican’s outsider, Donald Trump.

The Trump campaign continues to appeal to Sanders’ supporters. Trump also weighed in, tweeting and misspelling Wasserman Schultz’s name, “Today proves what I have always known, that @Reince Priebus is the tough one and the smart one, not Debbie Wasserman Shultz (@DWStweets.)”

Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort said Clinton should follow Wasserman Schultz out the door.

“Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned over her failure to secure the DNC’s email servers and the rigged system she set up with the Clinton campaign,” he said in a statement. “Now Hillary Clinton should follow Wasserman Schultz’s lead and drop out over her failure to safeguard top secret, classified information both on her unauthorized home server and while traveling abroad.”

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About The Author

Samuel Maxime is a Haitian-born citizen living in the United States. He founded The Haiti Sentinel to bring Haitian issues to an English language audience.