The Democratic National Committee had to cheat last time to prevent Bernie Sanders (I-VT) from winning the nomination over Hillary Clinton. And now, they are making sure that never happens again. But their rule change could cause a chain reaction that ultimately leads towards President Trump’s re-election.
The DNC rule was adopted in a meeting in Providence, RI on Friday. It requires all candidates to “run and serve” as Democrats.
Here’s a tweet showing the rule change:
— Randi Weingarten (@rweingarten) June 8, 2018
“At the time a presidential candidate announces their candidacy publicly, they must publicly affirm that they are a Democrat,” the new rule dictates. “Each candidate pursuing the Democratic nomination shall affirm, in writing, to the National Chairperson of the Democratic National Committee that they: A. are a member of the Democratic Party; B. will accept the Democratic nomination; and C. will run and serve as a member of the Democratic Party.”
Yahoo News explains that this was meant clearly with Bernie Sanders in mind:
“With Sanders’s independent status and push for inclusivity, the new rule change would seem to be a slap in the face and a potential roadblock should the Vermont senator decide to mount another presidential run in 2020. However, Sanders allies do not believe he would be affected by the measure thanks to a unique rule in his home state.
“Sanders, who is currently running for reelection, typically runs in the state’s Democratic primary but declines the party’s nomination after winning. The move allows him to fend off Democratic challengers in the state while still running as an independent. Last month, the Vermont Democratic Party passed a resolution supporting this strategy and proclaiming that Sanders would still be considered a member of the party ‘for all purposes and entitled to all the rights and privileges that come with such membership at the state and federal level.’ That membership could inoculate him against the DNC’s rules change.”
But here’s the big problem. Bernie Sanders doesn’t need the Democratic Party anymore. Last time he needed the platform to be taken seriously. It’s a two-party system and the media and voters alike would not have taken him seriously if he launched a third-party bid. He exceeded everyone’s expectations and built a national grassroots organization that showed a remarkable ability to fundraise and attract voters.
If the DNC wants to keep him out of the Party then he could launch a third-party bid. That would ultimately destroy any chance the Democratic nominee has of beating President Trump. Sanders will ultimately steal enough liberal votes away from them.
So if you’re a Trump fan, kudos to this rule change!