“Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough had some choice words for the Democratic establishment on Monday morning following the Wyoming caucuses.
Scarborough vented for a solid four minutes about the state of democracy, considering Bernie Sanders scored a big victory—beating Hillary Clinton 56 to 44 percent—yet did not come out ahead in terms of delegate math.
Due to the manner in which Wyoming allocates its delegates, both Sanders and Clinton received seven delegates; Clinton also currently holds the votes of Wyoming’s four superdelegates (although they have the ability to switch in the Democratic National Convention).
“We’ve been talking about rigged systems,” Scarborough heatedly said. “Bernie Sanders wins 56 to 44 percent in Wyoming… why does the Democratic Party even have voting booths? This system is so rigged.”
Co-host Mika Brzezinski chimed in, saying, “But we always talk about voter turnout and how important it is to do your duty as a citizen, there’s absolutely no reason any of those people voted, in any of those states. Right? Please, someone, tell me.”
The margin by which Sanders won Wyoming is also being contested. A slightly incredulous number of surrogate ballots for Clinton completely changed the vote counts in precincts such as Laramie, where Sanders was winning in-person voting by 65 to 35 percent.
The superdelegate votes have been maligned as incredibly undemocratic throughout the Democratic primaries and caucuses. States in which Sanders won by 40 or 50 points, such as Washington, Idaho, Alaska, and Utah, still contain superdelegates that have blatantly refused to switch their vote from Clinton to reflect the will of their state’s voters.
Scarborough is completely right that the system is rigged in favor the establishment. Superdelegates were implemented by the Democratic Party in order to squash grassroots movements after George McGovern, a grassroots Democratic candidate, lost the general election in 49 states.
The Democratic Party has long ignored the will of the people in favor of the will of donors—it’s about time attention was brought to this.
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