It was more than clear that the Democratic National Committee wanted Hillary Clinton to secure the nomination over Sen. Bernie Sanders during the 2016 presidential election. The DNC even rigged the primaries to ensure Clinton “won” the party nomination.
Now, the DNC is using similar tricks to stop Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, who many see as a somewhat rising name in the crowded Democratic field.
Yang took to Twitter earlier this week to celebrate meeting the polling threshold to qualify for the fall debates.
Perhaps worried Joe Biden or their preferred candidate won’t get all of the attention, the DNC is attempting to keep him out by citing a technicality on polling qualifications, which requires candidates to garner at least 2 percent support in at least four different polls and prove 130,000 unique donors.
Yang has the donors and, as of Monday, hit 2 percent in four DNC-approved polls.
Yang said he qualified in polls from NBC/Wall Street Journal, Quinnipiac University Poll, Fox News, and NBC/SurveyMonkey.
Shortly after the post, DNC senior advisor Mary Beth Cahill emailed the candidates to inform them only one of the two NBC sponsored polls could be used to qualify, effectively sidelining the Yang for now, The Hill reports.
Cahill wrote “candidates may only count one NBC-sponsored national
poll released during the current qualification period,” alleging the
reason is “to avoid scenarios in which a single poll sponsor or media
outlet is responsible for qualifying a candidate through multiple sets
of results in the same geography.”
According to Heavy.com, the actual rules state:
Each poll must be sponsored by an
approved organization, which presently includes the following:
Associated Press, ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Des Moines Register, Fox
News, Monmounth University, NBC News, New York Times, National Public
Radio, Quinnipiac University, University of New Hampshire, Wall Street
Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, and Winthrop University.
Any candidate’s four qualifying polls
must be conducted by different organizations, or if by the same
organization, must be in different geographical areas. …
For the September debate, each poll must be publicly released between June 28, 2019, and August 28, 2019.
The DNC rules clearly state that WSJ, NBC, Fox, and Quinnipiac are approved polls.
So if Yang has met 2 percent in all four, why is the DNC refusing to allow him into the debates?
It seems as if the DNC wants to root out a majority of the field to pave the way for their establishment candidates to get all of the attention.
If the DNC is looking for Hillary 2.0, the 2020 election will end just as badly for them as 2016 did.