The Hillary Clinton campaign has recently come out with a string of blatantly false remarks—that Vermont is the number one supplier of illegal guns to New York, for one—but this latest claim truly exceeds all bounds of reality.
Brian Fallon, the Clinton campaign’s press secretary, told CNN that it was Bernie Sanders who was rigging the system when it came to superdelegates.
“Really, I think when you talk about rigging the system, that’s what Sen. Sanders is trying to do now. Hillary Clinton has won in the popular vote by a wide margin. She’s got more than 2 million votes over Sen. Sanders in all of the contests when you add them all up,” he said.
Who started with over 400 superdelegates before the primaries even began? That’s right: Hillary Clinton.
Yet her camp has the audacity to accuse Sanders of “rigging” the system when he has approximately 30 superdelegates to her 400?
The extent to which Sanders has attempted to “rig” the system is by asking superdelegates in states where he has won by massive margins—such as Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Utah, Vermont—to reflect the will of their voters and support the candidate these voters overwhelmingly chose.
Just a few days ago, Sanders won Wyoming 56 to 44 percent, yet Clinton received all of the state’s four superdelegates and ultimately emerged with 11 delegates to Sanders’s 7—if anyone’s rigging the system, it’s Clinton.
An illuminating article by Counter Punch actually details how she has specifically done this. Titled “How Hillary Clinton Bought the Loyalty of 33 State Democratic Parties,” it outlines the way in which “33 democratic state parties made deals with the Hillary Clinton campaign and a joint fundraising entity called The Hillary Victory Fund. The deal allowed many of her core billionaire and inner circle individual donors to run the maximum amounts of money allowed through those state parties to the Hillary Victory Fund in New York and the DNC in Washington.”
Using a loophole granted in the Supreme Court ruling McCutcheon v. FEC, donors could give unlimited amounts through state democratic parties to the Hillary Victory Fund. “In other words, a single donor, by giving $10,000 a year to each signatory state could legally give an extra $330,000 a year for two years to the Hillary Victory Fund.”
“From these large amounts of money being transferred from state coffers to the Hillary Victory Fund in Washington, the Clinton campaign got the first $2,700, the DNC was to get the next $33,400, and the remainder was to be split among the 33 signatory states. With this scheme, the Hillary Victory Fund raised over $26 million for the Clinton Campaign by the end of 2015.”
The summation of this was that, “the tacit agreement between the signatories was that the state parties and the Hillary Clinton Campaign would act in unity and mutual support. And that the superdelegates of these various partner states would either pledge loyalty to Clinton, or, at the least, not endorse Sen. Sanders.”
So Clinton essentially bought her unwavering superdelegate votes in the most undemocratic way imaginable, and her campaign now charges Sanders with manipulating the system.
Fallon’s comments are a smear tactic remarkably similar to what the GOP regularly pulls—gaslighting a candidate so thoroughly that voters begin to question what the truth is.
It’s reprehensible and demonstrates the level to which the Clinton campaign will sink to win.
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