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Is the DNC Rigging a Presidential Primary — Again?

Is the DNC Rigging a Presidential Primary — Again?
Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) speaks during a forum on gun safety at the Iowa Events Center on August 10, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

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The Democratic National Committee (DNC) ruled that Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, the young Hawaii Democrat who became an instant internet sensation after the last Democratic presidential primary debate, is ineligible to compete in the next round.

The DNC ruled that in order to secure a spot on the September debate stage, candidates must have procured donations from at least 130,000 individual donors and earned 2 percent support in at least four qualifying polls.

Gabbard exceeded 2 percent support in 26 national and early state polls, but only two of those are on the DNC’s "certified" list.

The Gabbard team shot back that "many of the uncertified polls, including those conducted by highly reputable organizations such as The Economist and the Boston Globe, are ranked by Real Clear Politics and FiveThirtyEight as more accurate than some DNC 'certified' polls."

Her campaign said in a Friday press release, "the Gabbard campaign is calling on the DNC to hold true to their promise and make adjustments to the process now to ensure transparency and fairness."

The statement continued, "Crucial decisions on debate qualifications that impact the right of the American people to have the opportunity to participate fully in the Democratic process should not be made in secret by party bosses."

Gabbard’s breakout moment came when she challenged head-on first-tier candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., on her record as a former San Francisco prosecutor and later as the California attorney general.

Gabbard said she was “deeply concerned” over Harris, who “put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana,” “blocked evidence that would have freed an innocent man from death row until the courts forced her to do so," "kept people in prison beyond their sentences to use them as cheap labor for the state of California,” and “fought to keep a bail system in place that impacts poor people in the worst kind of way.”

When Harris attempted to defend her record, Gabbard went at her again. “The bottom line is, Senator Harris, when you were in a position to make a difference and an impact in these people’s lives, you did not,” she added. “The people who suffered under your reign as prosecutor — you owe them an apology."

Afterwards, Gabbard became the most-Googled name on the internet, proof that both she and her campaign were on fire.

And the Harris campaign’s response was to blame it on ... the Russians.

Ian Sams, Harris’ national press secretary, referred to an NBC News story that said, "The Russian propaganda machine that tried to influence the 2016 election is now promoting the presidential aspirations of a controversial Hawaii Democrat."

Michael Tracey, writing for Real Clear Politics, described the criteria the DNC is using to deny Gabbard a platform at the third round of debates as “arbitrary” and “dubious.”

It also appears suspiciously like the party is keeping not just its finger — but its entire elbow — on the scales to determine winners and losers. And it wouldn’t be the first time.

In 2016, WikiLeaks released internal DNC emails between top party officials confirming that the party was prejudiced against Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and rigged the primary against him.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., chaired the party during this time, and Donna Brazile was installed as interim chairwoman after the emails were disclosed.

“I had promised Bernie when I took the helm of the Democratic National Committee after the convention that I would get to the bottom of whether Hillary Clinton’s team had rigged the nomination process, as a cache of emails stolen by Russian hackers and posted online had suggested,” Brazile wrote in Politico. “By Sept. 7, the day I called Bernie, I had found my proof and it broke my heart.”

But she failed to disclose that she herself engaged in the rigging. In March of that year she sent a debate question that would be asked of Hillary Clinton to her campaign.

In 2016, the primary was rigged against Sanders because he was perceived as too progressive to win a general election.

Perhaps this time out, Gabbard isn’t progressive enough. In an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Michael Tracey observed that despite her progressive slant, Gabbard has received the support of some conservatives and libertarians.

This never seems to happen with the Republican National Committee. In 2016, pundits wrote off then-candidate Donald Trump as a joke — someone who’d entered the race as a publicity stunt for his NBC reality show.

But the RNC treated him as any other serious contender and included him on all the debate stages.

The DNC should do the same with Gabbard. She’s earned a spot and has proven that she can compete just fine with the heavy hitters.

Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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The Democratic National Committee (DNC) ruled that Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, the young Hawaii Democrat who became an instant internet sensation after the last Democratic presidential primary debate, is ineligible to compete in the next round.
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