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Trump Claims That The DNC Election Was ‘Rigged’

The race for Democratic National Committee chairman was excruciatingly contentious, just like “Bernie versus Hillary” was in the 2016 race to become the Democratic presidential nominee. The DNC voting members were split right up until the final ballot. Tom Perez came out ahead with 235 votes, as opposed to Rep. Keith Ellison’s 200 votes.

President Trump then claimed that Sunday’s race had been “rigged.”

Rep. Ellison of Minnesota was, in fact, “Bernie’s Guy.” While so-called establishment Democrats like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton supported Perez, Sanders and other further-left Democrats, including New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, spent the past several months pushing for Ellison’s election.

The split in support turned a usually calm DNC election process into a proxy war between the established Democrats and the party’s more progressive wing—a kind of continuation of the Bernie and Hillary fight.

Divided support within the DNC does not mean that Trump was right about rigging, though. “No, he doesn’t have a point,” Sanders said when asked about Trump’s comments by CNN’s Jake Tapper.

Perez, the DNC’s first Latino leader, also answered Trump’s comments by warning him that an Ellison-Perez duo would be the president’s “worst nightmare.” In a conciliatory move, Perez appointed Ellison as the deputy chair of the DNC just moments after winning the race.

This isn’t the first time Trump has gotten himself involved in rigging. He claimed that illegal voting cost him the popular vote in the presidential general election. Trump is also still tied up in the Russian hacking scandal, in which U.S. intelligence agencies found credible evidence that Russian hackers had worked to rig the election in Trump’s favor.

“Frankly,” Tom Perez said in an interview with CNN. “What we need to be looking at is whether this election was rigged by Donald Trump and his buddy Vladimir Putin.”  

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Bridget Higgins

U Mass Amherst

Bridget is a senior Journalism major focusing on political journalism at UMass Amherst. She interned for the HC editorial team, writes columns for the Massachusetts Daily Collegian, and occasionally gets a freelance article or two on sailing published by Ocean Navigator Magazine. When she isn't greeting random puppies on the street, she loves to cook for her friends, perpetuate her coffee addiction, and spend too much time crafting Tweets. She is also an avid fan of chocolate anything and unnecessary pillows. If you want to know more about Bridget, follow her on Instagram - @bridget_higgins - or Twitter - @bridgehiggins
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