Bernie Sanders, the Democratic presidential candidate decided to take his fight with the party leaders to the next level when he backed a challenger to the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee and accused the party’s establishment of favoring Hilary Clinton as the presidential nominee of the party. Sanders adopted a defiant attitude in a series of television interviews, but he acknowledged that overtaking front-runner Hilary Clinton was going to be an uphill fight. Clinton has already asserted that she is the party’s de facto nominee and has focused all her attention on Republican Donald Trump.
On Sunday, Clinton said that the presumptive Republican nominee had a dangerous rhetoric. Talking to ‘This Week’, an ABC program, Sanders said that the November 8th elections was not for the purpose of letting Americans choose between ‘the lesser of two evils’. He asserted that if he became the President, his choice of the DNC chairwoman would definitely not be the reappointment of U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The Florida congresswoman is being challenged by Tim Canova, a law professor, in the August Democratic primary and Sanders endorsed him. Sanders told ‘Face the Nation’ of CBS that he didn’t believe her to be the kind of chair needed by the Democratic Party.
He said that all the Democratic Party does is go to rich people for raising huge sums of money, but what they really needed to do was to show the working-class people that they are truly on their side. Some Democrats have become worried due to the defiant tone of Sanders and they have become anxious to see Clinton unify the party and then direct her attention to a showdown in the election with Trump. Clinton gave an interview to ‘Meet the Press’ of NBC, which aired Sunday, and she identified Trump as a risk that voters hadn’t seen before.
She said that she didn’t want the American citizens, the independents and Democrats and also the good-thinking Republicans to be under the impression that this was a normal candidacy because it isn’t. As Republicans rally around him, Trump has begun to gain on Hilary in the opinion polls. In fact, the latest poll released on Sunday showed that he actually has a 2-point lead over her whereas in March, in the same poll, Clinton had been leading with 9 points. However, Sanders has ignored the growing calls of the Democrats to step aside and has vowed to stay in the race until the nominating convention of the party in Philadelphia from July 25 to 28 even though Clinton has an almost insurmountable lead in the delegates who would select her as nominee.
Sanders said that rather than focusing on the pledged convention delegates supporting Clinton, he was more interested in the superdelegates i.e. leaders who have the freedom to support any candidacy. The US Senator from Vermont said their rush to support Clinton even before the votes is an indication of ‘an anointment process’. He added that even if he wasn’t the nominee of the party, he would still try to influence the rules and platform.