DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has resigned under pressure in the wake of WikiLeaks' revelations that she sent emails that questioned Bernie Sanders' commitment to his Jewish faith. The emails suggested that Sanders may be vulnerable politically because of the possibility that he is an atheist.
Sanders' resignation calls.
On Sunday, Vt. Senator Bernie Sanders, (D), called upon Wasserman-Schultz to resign, saying that the revelations of the emails confirm his claims that the #Democratic Party is "rigged." Sanders has been claiming this ever since the inception of his campaign over a year ago, and he now feels that he has made his point, or that the point has been made for him with the WikiLeaks.
Wasserman-Schultz's resignation wording.
In her resignation announcement, Wasserman-Schultz spoke of her longtime goal of unifying the Democratic Party. Wasserman-Schultz stated: "Going forward, the best way for me to accomplish those goals is to step down as Party Chair at the end of this convention."
Closing the Convention.
Wasserman-Schultz announced that she will be opening and closing the convention, and that her resignation will not take effect until after the convention is over. The resigning DNC chair also stated that she will be speaking to the delegates at the convention and informing them of how high the "stakes" are in this election. Wasserman-Schultz stated: "As Party Chair, this week I will open and close the Convention and I will address our delegates about the stakes involved in this election not only for Democrats, but for all Americans."
An all new DNC chair.
It has been disclosed that the new chair of the DNC Convention will be Rep. Marcia Fudge, which begins on Monday. The new interim chair of the DNC will be Vice Chair Donna Brazile through the November election. That information was revealed by a DNC chair on Twitter.
Trump's Twitter response.
#Donald Trump got in on the act and submitted a post on Twitter. Here is the tweet that Trump posted:
The highly neurotic Debbie Wasserman Schultz is angry that, after stealing and cheating her way to a Crooked Hillary victory, she's out!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 24, 2016
Trump also posted another tweet comparing Reince Priebus to Wasserman-Schultz. Trump stated: "Today proves what I have always known, that @Reince Priebus is the tough one and the smart one, not Debbie Wasserman Shultz.
Sanders issues statement.
Bernie Sanders, who had been calling for Wasserman-Schultz to resign, expressed his gratitude to her for resigning but talked of the necessity for "new leadership" and the advantages to be derived from it. Sanders stated: "Debbie Wasserman Schultz has made the right decision for the future of the Democratic Party. While she deserves thanks for her years of service, the party now needs new leadership that will open the doors of the party and welcome in working people and young people."
Sanders also discussed the need for impartiality in the candidate nomination process, and stated that this was lacking in the 2016 presidential campaign. Sanders stated: 'The party leadership must also always remain impartial in the presidential nominating process, something which did not occur in the 2016 race."
Meanwhile, both #Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be briefed on classified intelligence information by the Department of National Intelligence, (DNI), as soon as the Democratic Convention is over. This has been a point of contention for both sides of the aisle, as observers from one or other of the two main political parties feel that the other political party's candidate should not be provided intelligence information. Considering that Trump thinks before he talks and is said to be on good terms with both Russia's Putin and North Korea's Kim Jong-un, this observer would say that Clinton supporters are justified in having concerns over his access to classified intelligence information.