Wasserman Schultz Resigns in Wake of Leaked Emails


Debbie Wasserman Schultz

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz, head of the Democratic National Committee, has announced that she will step down in light of the emails that were leaked through Wikileaks just days ago. Her resignation will take effect immediately after the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention this week.

The leaked emails consisted of messages between seven different DNC officials. Among other issues, the most serious topic appears to be the officials’ ideas on how to weaken Bernie Sanders and his campaign in order to ensure victory for Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary. One email suggested confronting Bernie Sanders with his Jewish ancestry and asking him whether or not he believed in God.

In the aftermath of the controversy, Wasserman Schultz released a statement saying she will step down. Her statement did not mention the leaked emails.

Hillary Clinton seems to have managed to stay personally detached from this particular email debacle. There is no indication as of yet that she had any part in sabotaging Senator Sanders. Although, given that this controversy surrounds party leadership paving the way to her nomination, it seems unlikely that she would have felt the need to become personally involved in any way.

Immediately after the emails were released, Bernie Sanders called for the DNC chairwoman’s resignation as he did months ago when it became apparent that party leadership was favoring a Clinton nomination. Sanders said that the 19,000 leaked emails have confirmed his suspicions. The ousting of Wasserman Schultz is all the Democrats can do for now in order to ease the tension between Sanders’ supporters and the rest of the party. With many supporters of the Vermont senator already wary of Hillary Clinton, this scandal comes at an inopportune time.

The coming week will show whether or not tempers flare at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Whether or not the party can find a way unite amid the chaos will be a deciding factor in Hillary Clinton’s success in November. Seeing as how these emails have left out Hillary on a personal level, the resignation from Wasserman Schultz may just be enough to placate those angered by the committee’s behavior.

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