DNC: STOP RIGGING THE 2020 DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION AND CONVENTION

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A few days ago, DNC Chairman Tom Perez and the DNC Democratic National Committee released their 2020 Milwaukee DNC Convention committee appointments which read like a veritable Who's Who of corporate thugs, lobbyists, neoliberal conservatives, and CROOKS. These appointments were made UNDEMOCRATICALLY and solely by Chairman Perez with no votes by the larger 450+ member DNC body. Autocratic, undemocratic behavior.

After the exposed rigging of the 2016 Democratic presidential nominating process and convention in favor of Hillary Clinton, the DNC, largely due to pressure by the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign and larger grassroots movement, instituted a DNC Unity Reform Commission comprised of progressive grassroots Sanders supporters alongside neoliberal corporatist Clinton supporters, and came up with a "truce" in the form of some changes to DNC nomination rules, including the agreed upon compromise to remove the ability of "superdelegates" to vote on the first nomination ballot at the convention (a compromise since the Sanders coalition of the Unity Reform Commission pushed heavily for complete abolition of superdelegates), amongst other important agreements reached in the 2016 Democratic Party Platform.

Chairman Perez has violated this "truce" and the spirit of the Reform Unity Commission's important and challenging work, and continues on the path of intentionally violating the trust of grassroots progressive voters and supporters of Bernie Sanders in this 2020 election. It appears that not only are the DNC and Chairman Perez AGAIN putting their "thumb on the scale" in this nomination process, but putting an ELEPHANT on the scale to favor non-progressive aka conservative presidential candidates such as Joe Biden. This REEKS of corruption and crookedness. Just like 2016, if not EVEN WORSE AND MORE BLATANT.

Just when we voters thought the DNC couldn't possibly show more corruption and bias, Chairman Perez was also exposed a few days later in a private scheme to pay himself and his DNC deputies special "exit" bonuses, should they be fired or replaced by a new Democratic President (likely to happen perhaps should Sanders become the party nominee and/or President). INCREDIBLE. Even DNC members are aghast at this level of corruption and crooked self enrichment behind the curtains at the DNC by Chairman Perez.

In 2016, then DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was embarrassingly asked to resign in shame over her exposed rigging of the 2016 presidential nomination process and convention. So bad was it that incoming interim replacement chairwoman, Donna Brazile, wrote a book about the rigging, and apologized publicly to Senator Sanders and his supporters.

In response to this now proven DNC rigging and corruption recurring again now in 2020, we the people and voters of America, DEMAND that :

  • Chairman Perez and his 2 deputies resign effective immediately from the DNC and their positions
  • the DNC replace Chairman Perez IMMEDIATELY with an interim chairperson that is agreeable to both sides or factions of the party, progressive Sanders/Warren and conservative corporatists, such as Larry Cohen, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Senator Nina Turner, Congresswomen Tlaib or Omar, Dr Cornel West or other.
  • the committee appointments by Chairman Perez be immediately rescinded or withdrawn and that the DNC democratically ELECT (not appoint) replacements that offer 50% of appointments to progressive Sanders/Warren supporters and the other 50% to more traditional corporatist Clinton Obama types, and that no committee have a single chairperson, but rather that each convention committee, and most importantly the convention RULES COMMITTEE, have 2 co-equal co-chairs (one progressive Sanders and the other traditional CLinton/Obama) to prevent ANY autocratic behaviors or decisions from any convention committee that could bias the process or outcomes of the presidential nominating or platform processes.

IT IS NO LONGER ACCEPTABLE for the DNC and its chairperson or members to engage in intentional bias, rigging, or tipping of the scales in the presidential nomination process or outcomes.

We also implore both the Sanders and Warren presidential campaigns and their grassroots supporters to apply the most amount of public and private pressure possible on Chairman Perez and the DNC to IMMEDIATELY rectify this untenable rigging situation and that the DNC issue an immediate public statement to the media and the public admitting its recurring bias and rigging, and how it is being corrected.

AMERICAN VOTERS (both traditional Democrats as well as even more important in number INDEPENDENTS) CHOOSE THE DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE, NOT THE DNC OR ITS CHAIRPERSON OR COMMITTEES.

The lawsuit against the DNC for rigging the 2016 nomination has now gone to the United States SUPREME COURT. Does the DNC **really** want to rig another nomination while they are being sued in federal court with a case against them for similar past egregious illegal behavior in 2016? The hubris of Chairman Perez and the DNC seems unbelievable.

We the People and voters will simply no longer allow this to occur and then hear apologies afterwards. It must be prevented and stopped PROACTIVELY before the convention and nomination.

Any further attempts by Chairman Perez, the DNC, its members and corporate lobbyists and donors, to rig this election will be met with EXTREME but perfectly legal and non-violent, peaceful countermeasures. The DNC is a corporation, incorporated in 1848 at that year's national convention. Corporations can be bankrupted and put out of business through perfectly legal means.

We also call upon Senator Sanders, who seems to be the presumptive nominee and likely next President, to immediately FIRE all 450+ members of the DNC, and replace them with honest, transparent, non-corporate grassroots Democrats who will act in the interest of the PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES, and not be in servitude to the 1%, corporations, and evidently intent on destroying the planet in light of the Climate Change EMERGENCY CRISIS we are in worldwide.

Chairman Perez and exit bonus corruption: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/rubycramer/tom-perez-dnc-compensation

Chairman Perez DNC Convention rigged committee appointments: https://newrepublic.com/article/156341/tom-perez-stacks-dnc-deck-progressives

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/480174-sanders-allies-in-new-uproar-over-dnc-convention-appointments

Chairman Perez PROMISED NO MORE RIGGING after his election as chairman: https://thepoliticalinsider.com/tom-perez-rig-primary/

Signed,

OUTRAGED American Voters