Election 2020

Bernie Delegates Decry 'Manufactured Unity,' Pledge to 'Raise Attention' on Hillary Speech Night

Bernie Delegates Decry 'Manufactured Unity,' Pledge to 'Raise Attention' on Hillary Speech Night
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) greets a police officer during walk around downtown in Philadelphia on July 28, 2016, during the final day of the Democratic National Convention. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

A group of delegates pledged to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has vowed to take unspecified action to “raise attention” to their “accountability and transparency” concerns tonight as Hillary Clinton accepts the Democratic Party’s nomination.

Describing themselves as “a few representatives of an independent group of national delegates,” Jessa Lewis, Jessica Justice and Joshua Trupin — all Sanders delegates from Washington state — distributed to media a document explaining why some Bernie voters aren’t falling in line with Clinton’s nod.

“As part of a grassroots effort pledged delegates undertook a series of independent actions during this week’s Democratic National Convention looking to raise awareness of urgent issues that have been neglected by our national party and media,” the memo states. “We are concerned with the manufactured ‘unity’ narrative in the media and are fighting for the soul of the Democratic Party and Democracy.”

“Election Justice USA has provided statistical analysis of the recent Democratic primary elections that show widespread statistical anomalies in at least 21 states that could be sufficient to call the results of our candidate selection process into question,” they continued. “Many pledged delegates also expressed concern over the information contained in the ongoing DNC email leaks, which have revealed details of a process that was engineered in favor of a preselected winner.”

Election Justice USA, which describes itself as “a nonpartisan national organization of seasoned election integrity experts, attorneys, statisticians, journalists and activists,” recently released a report asserting that “the totals reported on the Democratic side in the race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders may not be correct.”

“In state after state, independent examination by two separate analysts found suspect statistical patterns giving Clinton inflated percentages, that in all likelihood, are not fully based on actual votes, and showing Sanders with what appear to be artificially depressed totals,” the report continues.

The group of Washington delegates noted that “as part of a grassroots effort, we delegates chose to take action on Tuesday evening after Secretary Clinton was nominated by acclamation. This started by peacefully walking out of the Wells Fargo Arena and staging a silent action in the media tent.”

That silent action was a sit-in that prompted police to temporarily close off the media working area.

“Independent grassroots efforts to raise attention to these issues will continue tonight and in our communities,” they vowed. “We are committed to expanding voter rights, calling for true accountability and transparency at the DNC, electing progressive candidates at every level across the country, and continuing in the spirit of the political revolution sparked by Bernie Sanders.”

Sanders not only spoke for Clinton on Monday night, but moved to suspend the rules and nominate Clinton by acclamation during Tuesday’s roll call of the states.

Bernie and his wife, Jane, were again in the audience Wednesday night to watch Vice President Joe Biden and President Obama campaign for Hillary.

Obama, who wanted Clinton from the start of the primary season, gave a hat tip to the Bernie faithful’s persistence during his speech.

“If you agree that there’s too much inequality in our economy, and too much money in our politics, we all need to be as vocal and as organized and as persistent as Bernie Sanders’ supporters have been during this election,” Obama told the Dems.

“We all need to get out and vote for Democrats up and down the ticket, and then hold them accountable until they get the job done. That’s right, feel the Bern!”

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