The Democratic National Convention is among us. This week, delegates, celebrities, politicians, and reporters will head to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where delegates will be counted and Hillary Clinton will presumably be announced at the party's presidential nominee. But one important person to the Democratic Party will be missing from the convention's stage — Debbie Wasserman Schultz. And if people are unaware about what happened on Friday, some might be wondering — why won't Debbie Wasserman Schultz speak at the DNC?
The Chairwoman of the Democratic National Convention will no longer take the stage and speak or preside over the Democratic National Convention, despite her role in the DNC. Party officials made the decision on Saturday in light of the controversy that currently surrounds Wasserman Schultz and other heads of the DNC. What exactly am I talking about? On Friday, Wikileaks released over 20,000 emails from the DNC servers that didn't necessarily paint Wasserman Schultz in the best light. Romper has reached out to the DNC with a request for comment.
While all of the emails released did not "contain any bombshells", they did show that the DNC (who was supposed to remain neutral) had allegedly heavily favored Hillary Clinton and described Bernie Sanders' primary campaign as "a mess." At a time where unity and support is so crucial for the Democratic Party and Clinton campaign, the alleged emails allowed Sanders supporter's to believe that they could not put their trust in the party.
What's more, the emails revealed that Wasserman Schultz allegedly did not believe that Sanders would be elected president, that she reportedly referred to Donald Trump as a "sexist pig," and that she pressured MSNBC after it criticized her of her treatment of Sanders. The emails also revealed that Wasserman Schultz allegedly tried to score seven tickets to Hamilton for her and her college roommates. See? Even the chairwoman of the DNC is concerned about getting Hamilton tickets, just like the rest of us.
On Sunday, Bernie Sanders called for Wasserman Schultz to step down from her position and involvement in the DNC. Telling CNN:
I don't think she is qualified to be the chair of the DNC not only for these awful emails, which revealed the prejudice of the DNC, but also because we need a party that reaches out to working people and young people, and I don't think her leadership style is doing that.
In May, Wasserman Schultz made headlines as Democrats allegedly discussed dropping her from the chairwoman position before the convention in July. According to The Hill, people were worried she had become "too divisive of a figure to unify the party."
These emails have confirmed those fears, but the decision to not allow Wasserman Schultz preside over or speak at the convention might prove that Democratic Party officials are trying to bring unity to the party after all.