The war of words between Democrat National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and other DNC leaders, like Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), continued on Monday as Gabbard took to MSNBC to argue that the DNC’s behavior against candidates not named Clinton has been disgusting.
I do think that there should be more debates, but I think the most egregious position that the DNC has put in place with regards to presidential debates is this exclusivity clause, never put in place by the DNC before during a presidential election, that basically says our presidential candidates are going to be punished if they go and participate in a so-called non-sanctioned DNC debate. If there is a group or a community that wants to put together a presidential debate that if they participate in that, then they’ll no longer be able to join these six sanctioned DNC debates. So, look, people are hungry. They want to be involved, they want to be engaged, they want to hear where candidates stand on issues that are important to them. I just think that this process should be as open as transparent and as democratic as possible.
This follows on the heels of another DNC Vice Chair’s attacks on Wasserman Schultz, who he basically called a liar.
On Friday, Vice Chairman R.J. Rybak (D-MN) appeared on MSNBC to defend Gababrd from Wasserman Schultz’s attacks.
“I went public on this was after the Chair went on television and repeated a knowing untruth about Tulsi Gabbard, who, one of our fellow co-chairs, who, as a Congresswoman from Hawaii, is a great leader of the party. And I’m not going to stand by and watch that.”
The lies she repeated had come earlier in the week when Wasserman Schultz implied that Gabbard was the one doing the lying and that the DNC had not disinvited her from the Democrat presidential debates.
On Tuesday night, Wasserman Schultz said that that just wasn’t the case. Rep. Gabbard quickly fired back essentially calling the DNC chairwoman a liar.
This controversy shows no signs of dying down, and I, for one, couldn’t be happier. It’s always nice to see Democrats creating their own problems, and this distraction should be one more thorn in the Hillary Clinton campaign’s side.