Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) would not commit to giving his massive progressive voter email list to the Democratic National Committee in an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday. His refusal to hand over the voter lists came a day after establishment candidate Tom Perez won the election for DNC Chair over Sanders’ preferred candidate.
Host Jake Tapper asked Sanders if he would hand over his progressive voter lists and “help [the Democrats] become more grassroots.”
“We have and we will strongly support those candidates who are going to take on the issues of income and wealth inequality,” Sanders responded. “We’re going to work to support progressives who are running for the Senate, who are running for the House.”
Tapper pressed Sanders on the issue, “That sounded like you were saying that you’re going to keep your e-mail list to support the candidates that you think are progressives and you’re not going to give it to the Democratic National Committee.”
“We are going to support and have supported and will continue to support those candidates who have the guts to stand up for working families and take on the big money interests,” Sanders responded, implying he would keep the lists for himself.
After a divisive 2016 primary and DNC chair election, the Democratic Party hoped to achieve a level of unity, but Sanders’ refusal to play ball could throw a wrench into the machine.
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