Primaries Were Rigged Against Bernie Sanders, Ex-Democratic Official Confirms

New allegations that Democratic officials manipulated the party’s presidential-nomination process to ensure a Hillary Clinton victory do not come as a surprise to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ team.

According to Newsmax, former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Donna Brazile told Politico on Thursday that there was “evidence of internal corruption” when she took over the party’s top leadership position last year. She said the DNC was determined “to throw the primary to Hillary.”

Saikat Chakrabarti, Sanders’ chief strategist during the 2016 campaign, told The Washington Free Beacon: “We all knew that the primary was rigged, but the corruption that plagues the Democratic Party is bigger than one primary. It’s become a rot set at the very root of a party (that) claims to be for working people.” He alleged that Democrats are “devoid of message, devoid of money and devoid of a winning strategy,” adding: “The people want a party that works for the people and wins. We are sick and tired of wasting money on helping a party that wastes it through incompetence and corrupt negligence.”

In her new book, “Hacks: The Inside Story That Put Donald Trump in the White House,” Brazile claims that former President Obama’s “neglect” resulted in the DNC’s “significant debt.” She accuses her predecessor, former committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, of colluding with the Clinton campaign to defeat Sanders. The book states that Schultz “hand(ed) the party and its finances over to Hillary in August of 2015, a full year before she officially earned the nomination, unheard of in party politics.”

Brazile wrote: “Debbie was not a good manager. She hadn’t been very interested in controlling the party. She let Clinton’s headquarters in Brooklyn do as it desired so she didn’t have to inform the party officers how bad the situation was, (which) broke my heart.”

Brazile became the interim DNC chairwoman following Schultz’s resignation soon after last summer’s Democratic National Convention. The Florida congresswoman stepped down due to the controversy regarding hacked emails from committee officials, which indicated that she and other party operatives had been biased against Sanders. U.S. intelligence agencies believe Russian leader Vladimir Putin ordered the cyberattacks on the DNC and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. WikiLeaks released the stolen emails.

Brazile said that when she replaced Schultz, she was unaware of a pact between the DNC and the Clinton campaign. “The agreement — signed by Amy Dacey, the former CEO of the DNC, and (Clinton adviser) Robby Mook … specified that in exchange for raising money and investing in the DNC, Hillary would control the party’s finances, strategy and all the money raised,” Brazile wrote. “Her campaign had the right of refusal of who would be the party communications director, and it would make final decisions on all the other staff. The DNC also was required to consult with the campaign about all other staffing, budgeting, data, analytics and mailings.”

At the beginning of the campaign, most political pundits predicted that Clinton would win the nomination easily. However, the race’s outcome became less certain when Sanders built a movement with millions of passionate supporters seeking a more progressive candidate.

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