Past and present DNC Chairs offer remarks on the battle between Mr. Donald Trump and the GOP.
Friday, April 15th, was sort of a milestone on the presidential campaign trail for Republicans, though it wasn’t the sort of achievement wherein anyone – other than maybe Democrats and anarchists – would feel comfortable celebrating. The Party of Lincoln, which despite pledges and good intentions has remained largely non-black and brown, has reached a new level of divisiveness after the irate words of Mr. Donald Trump, the GOP front-runner, were printed in the Wall Street journal’s Op-Ed pages, suggesting the GOP Primary system was rigged against him. The Washington Post characterized Mr. Trump’s action, and the GOP officials’ reaction, as a “full-blown public battle.”
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Chair of the Democratic National Committee, on Friday, told Mr. Wolf Blizter of CNN that’s it utter chaos happening in the Republican Party. And today, while in Philadelphia for a press conference and block party at the National Constitution Center to mark 100 days out from the Democratic National Convention, the Congresswoman referred to the tension among Republicans as a “civil war.” When I asked whether or not she pitied her counterpart, Mr. Reince Priebus, Congressman Schultz said though she does empathize slightly with him on rules and regulations, the Republicans are “laying in the bed that they made for themselves.”
“Donald Trump didn’t hijack the Republican Party as some are suggesting. This has been six years in the making. When you had the Tea Party explode on the national scene, instead of tamping down and trying to address their anger and their extremism, the Republicans fully embraced it; were enthusiastically moved to the right… instead of trying to make sure that they could have policies that came out of their party that were are rational and that focused on helping people reach the middle class. When you fan the flame of extremism, when you allow your need for power to trump your need to do the right thing, you get what the Republicans are going through right now.”
As noted by the Washington Post, “the dispute centers around Trump’s failure to win any delegates last weekend in Colorado; which selected its 34 delegates at a party convention rather than a primary attend by voters.”
Mr. Ed Rendell, who previously served as the Mayor of Philadelphia, the Governor of Pennsylvania and the Chair of the DNC, told Techbook Online exclusively that Mr. Trump is right to complain and that the rules governing the Republican presidential nominating process are “brutal” and “violate the basic tenets of democracy.”
When asked how he would lead if he were in the shoes of Mr. Preibus, Mr. Rendell said:
“I would’ve never let them adopt the rules that they’ve adopted that are so undemocratic.”
In addition to the dispute over Colorado, Mr. Trump said he would pursue legal action to nullify the delegate selection process in Louisiana, a state that, according to CBS News, “Mr. Trump won but that might still give more delegates to his rival, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.”
Congresswoman Schultz, who called Mr. Priebus’ circumstances a “hot mess,” said she’s happy she’s not organizing the RNC and that no brokered convention is expected at the DNC.
“We’ll have a presumptive nominee,” she said.
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