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Former Sanders Spox Goes Off On Twitter: 'NO ONE STOLE THIS ELECTION!'

Source: Talking Points Memo

Symone Sanders, former national press secretary for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)'s presidential campaign, went on a Twitter rant Monday as the Democratic National Convention unfolded, criticizing those who were still supporting the Vermont senator over the party's nominee, Hillary Clinton.


Symone D. Sanders

Look, people are well within their rights to have passions and opinions. That is how we create change in this country. We need the passion!!

5:33 PM - 25 Jul 2016
144 144 Retweets 197 197 likes

Symone D. Sanders

But let me be clear - NO ONE STOLE THIS ELECTION! Team Sanders we did AMAZING WORK. But we lost. It's a hard reality for some.

5:36 PM - 25 Jul 2016
2,356 2,356 Retweets 2,648 2,648 likes

Symone D. Sanders

It was a hard reality for me. Because I fought hard. Now, we won some great battles, but the reality is the system didn't cheat us.

5:38 PM - 25 Jul 2016
663 663 Retweets 777 777 likes

Symone D. Sanders

Now the contents of the leaked emails show individuals were definitely biased, but 7 folks on an email didn't "steal" the election.

5:41 PM - 25 Jul 2016
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Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/sanders-spox-twitter-rant-support

Top Sanders Endorser: 'Bernie or Bust' Only Helping Elect Donald Trump

Source: Talking Points Memo

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) is urging Bernie Sanders supporters at the Democratic convention to come together and rally behind Hillary Clinton or risk electing Donald Trump.

As Sanders delegates hint they could walk out on Clinton's acceptance speech at the Democratic convention, Ellison – who endorsed Sanders– is urging them to think about the bigger picture. "I am just saying the logic of playing spoiler to the advantage of Trump does not make any sense to me if you call yourself a Bernie supporter," Ellison told TPM in a phone interview Monday.

Ellison told TPM that he spent Monday meeting with state delegations and reaching out to Sanders supporters in person and on social media. He said he will continue his efforts on the convention floor throughout the week. And while he supports people acting on their beliefs, he worries some are losing sight of the "real bullies."

Ellison said he is proud of the movement Sanders built, but that if "Bernie or Bust" delegates and supporters aren't careful "they are going to sabotage the whole Democratic process in favor of Donald Trump. I want someone to explain to me how they are Bernie or bust but Bernie is not," Ellison said.


Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/keith-ellison-warns-bernie-or-bus-crowd-only-helping-elect-donald-trump

Trump Credits One Of 'Our Friends' In Russia, China With DNC Hack

Donald Trump on Monday attributed the Democratic National Committee hack that led to the ouster of its chair to “one of our many, many ‘friends’” in Russia or China.

At a campaign event with running mate and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence in Roanoke, Virginia, Trump said although outgoing DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz worked “very, very hard to rig the system” in favor the of presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton “threw her under the bus” after emails between top DNC staffers were leaked online.

“Little did know, Russia, China, one of our many, many ‘friends’” – Trump emphasized with air quotes – “came in and hacked the hell out of us. Can you imagine?"

Trump was discussing the cyber attack on the DNC, which has been widely attributed to Russian intelligence forces.

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This Is Truly Comical - By Josh Marshall

This is the transcript from an exchange scheduled to run later this evening on NBC News, Julian Assange insisting there's "no evidence" the emails Wikileaks released were from Russian intel ...

RICHARD ENGEL: Three cybersecurity experts told us that the DNC emails were hacked by Russian intelligence. What do you say?

JULIAN ASSANGE: Well there is no proof of that whatsoever. We have not disclosed our source, and of course, this is a diversion that's being pushed by the Hillary Clinton campaign. That's a meta-story. The real story is what these emails contain and they show collusion. The very top of the Democratic party, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, is now being forced to resign. And other people from the party, which is meant to be neutral, subverting the process in order to make sure Hillary Clinton won the campaign.




Sanders: ‘I am not an atheist’

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Sunday called leaked Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails “outrageous.”

"First of all, I am not an atheist," Sanders said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”


DNC apologizes to Sanders for 'inexcusable' emails

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) on Monday apologized to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for internal emails that appeared to show party officials plotting against his presidential bid.

“On behalf of everyone at the DNC, we want to offer a deep and sincere apology to Senator Sanders, his supporters, and the entire Democratic Party for the inexcusable remarks made over email," DNC officials said in the statement.

"These comments do not reflect the values of the DNC or our steadfast commitment to neutrality during the nominating process. The DNC does not — and will not — tolerate disrespectful language exhibited toward our candidates," it continued.

"Individual staffers have also rightfully apologized for their comments, and the DNC is taking appropriate action to ensure it never happens again."



Don’t blame Wasserman Schultz for Sanders’s political failures - By Jonathan Capehart


Now, let me weigh in on another aspect of this email scandal. The malicious missives do not prove that the DNC thwarted the will of the people and denied Sanders the nomination. Folks who invoke the “thumb on the scale” phrase are the worst offenders. Believing this requires one to ignore facts. Let me just highlight two of them.

Yeah, the Democratic debate schedule made no sense, as debates took place on odd nights, at random hours and even during the NFL playoffs. People thought the DNC and Clinton were trying to hide. But the debates were where Clinton shined brightest. Her ability to talk both domestic and foreign policy with ease only served to highlight Sanders’s deficiencies.

Sanders only has himself and his campaign to blame for their inability to appeal to the core constituencies of the Democratic Party that determine who gets the nomination. The senator from Vermont got blown out in the South. That the Sanders campaign dismissed her victories there as being in “historically red states” that are from “the most conservative part of this great country” was a slap in the face to the black voters whose overwhelming votes were the key to Clinton’s ultimate victory. And Sanders’s inability or unwillingness to transform his massive crowds into registered Democrats who could vote in the New York primary showed a campaign that seemed more interested in sending a message than in making his political revolution a politically viable force.

Wasserman Schultz and the DNC are not the reasons Sanders will not be accepting the Democratic nomination for president this week. He and his campaign are. Primaries, like all elections, have consequences. That Sanders’s supporters refuse to accept them says more about them than it does about a system they swear is rigged against them.


Bernie Sanders started a political revolution. Now he can’t stop it. - By Chris Cillizza

Bernie Sanders spoke to a large group of his supporters on Monday in Philadelphia. The crowd cheered as Sanders ran through all of the successes he and his self-professed "political revolution" had run up this year: the millions of votes he won, the reduction in superdelegates, the takeover of state parties by Sanders supporters.

Then came time for the pivot. Sanders tried to tell the crowd that now was the time to line up behind Hillary Clinton and her running mate, Timothy M. Kaine. Boos cascaded down. Shouts of "no!" And then a Sanders chant started up.

Sanders was at a loss. Here he was telling his most loyal supporters what needed to happen next in order to unify the party and beat Donald Trump. And they weren't listening. They wanted revolution. Now, not later. What was clear for anyone watching Sanders's unsuccessful attempts to calm the churning among his supporters is that the revolution he started is no longer one he can totally control. Or maybe even control at all.

This is the nature of centering a presidential campaign — or any campaign, really — on the absolute necessity of radical political change. Sanders, who has been working within the political system — albeit it on the outskirts — for decades, gets that at the end of a losing campaign, you line up behind the person who won. That's just how things work.


Imagining a Trump Justice Department


In Trump’s world, crushing protest and dissent is the sign of a great leader. Consider Trump’s 1990 interview with Playboy, in which he was asked about the weakening Soviet Union and the Chinese government’s then-recent massacre of pro-democracy protesters at Tiananmen Square:

Q: What were your other impressions of the Soviet Union?

TRUMP: I was very unimpressed. . . . Russia is out of control and the leadership knows it. That’s my problem with Gorbachev. Not a firm enough hand.

Q You mean firm hand as in China?

TRUMP: When the students poured into Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government almost blew it. Then they were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with strength. That shows you the power of strength. Our country is right now perceived as weak … as being spit on by the rest of the world–

Q Why is Gorbachev not firm enough?

TRUMP: I predict he will be overthrown, because he has shown extraordinary weakness. Suddenly, for the first time ever, there are coal-miner strikes and brush fires everywhere. . . . His giving an inch is going to end up costing him and all his friends what they most cherish — their jobs.

Stop and read that again. Trump was really impressed by the “vicious” and “horrible” way that the Chinese government massacred pro-democracy protesters. Trump was disturbed when the Chinese first allowed the protest and “almost blew it.” And Gorbachev’s problem was that he didn’t have “a firm enough hand.”



Why the Democratic Party cyberhack matters - By Jennifer Rubin

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.

The release of the Democratic Party’s hacked emails has already prompted the resignation of Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) and caused consternation about suspected Russian manipulation of our election by Vladimir Putin, who’s frequently been the subject of Donald Trump’s admiration and the leader most likely to benefit from dissolution of U.S. alliances. Actually, both of these may benefit the Democrats in the long run. Wasserman Schultz has long been an irritant to many Democrats, and the Russia-Trump relationship deserves close examination. Granted, however, Hillary Clinton surely did not need 24 hours of “Democrats mess up” news coverage. (Clinton supporters can find solace in the likelihood that most Americans have no idea who Wasserman Schultz is.)

As to the Russia angle, the New York Times reports, “Researchers have concluded that the national committee was breached by two Russian intelligence agencies . . . and metadata from the released emails suggests that the documents passed through Russian computers.” Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook pointed out in a weekend interview that Russians would have every reason to prefer Trump, whose admiration for Putin, disdain for European allies and isolationist policies make him Putin’s dream American president. The FBI is already investigating the hack.

If the roles were reversed, surely the GOP would be screaming that the opposing party is a pawn of the Russians and proof its opponent serves our foe’s interests. Eli Lake quotes Mike Vickers, a former undersecretary of defense for intelligence and a Clinton supporter, as saying that “all signs point to cyber actors with ties to Russian Intelligence. . . . What is unprecedented, it seems to me, is the use of these tools for covert political influence against the United States during a presidential general election.” Lake observes:

That indeed would be unprecedented. The Russians operate RT, an English-language television network that gives airtime to 9/11 conspiracy theorists and other anti-American views. If the Russians are behind the DNC hack, it would be a new tactic that combines the state’s overt influence operations with its covert cyber-spying.


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