A leak of 20,000 emails from the Democratic National Committee has forced Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to defend the indefensible.
The email dump, released by WikiLeaks, confirms the suspicions of many Bernie Sanders supporters that the DNC was covertly working to nominate Hillary Clinton and undermine her progressive rival. The scandal, which has already resulted in the resignation of DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, has put Rawlings-Blake into an unenviable position.
As DNC Secretary, Rawlings-Blake has been quoted in article after article arguing that the emails don’t show a lack of neutrality on the part of the Democratic party.
According to CNN, Rawlings-Blake “denied any suggestion that Clinton’s camp was treated more favorably by the committee.”
“Expressing an opinion about a candidate doesn’t mean that you’re in collusion,” Rawlings-Blake said, “doesn’t mean that you are actively working against them. And I don’t think that that’s what it shows.”
That would make sense, if the emails merely revealed the personal opinions of DNC staffers, but they go much further. In a message dated May 5, one DNC employee prompted another to “get someone to ask his belief” and expressed the opinion that Sanders (who goes unnamed in the email) would lose support among Southern Baptists if he were outed as an atheist. And that’s just one example.
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