It’s not a revelation that the Democratic National Committee seeks to damage its perennial rival the Republican Party any chance it gets.
But an email dump courtesy of Wikileaks reveals the DNC interfering in the Republican nomination process by fueling protests at Trump events.
At multiple Trump events, the DNC coordinated with outside groups to protest the future Republican presidential nominee.
Regarding a protest in San Francisco, DNC officials helped coordinate a Trump protest that resulted in blocked traffic. The Daily Caller reported:
On April 29, a DNC press staffer, Rachel Palermo, alerted Eric Walker, deputy communications director, about a Facebook page for an anti-Trump protest on May 2 in South Bend. “Whoo! Thanks to our interns for finding this out.” Walker replies, “I like it, as long as the students feel safe getting involved. I imagine this demo will be nicer than the one in San Fran today.”
Donald Trump was forced to take a back entrance after protesters blocked the San Francisco highway leading to the event.
Also on April 29th, a request was made of a DNC official to assist in stoking a protest in South Bend, Indiana:
In another other email chain also on April 29, titled “Week-Ahead Notes & Assignments,” former DNC media booker Pablo Manriquez comments “this should be fun” in reference to the May protest.
University of Notre Dame, located in South Bend, is Manriquez’s alma mater. A DNC official wrote, “Pablo please reach out to any folks you think may be able to help.”
Another email, dated May 20th, shows the DNC assisting a protest in Billings, Montana. These Trump events turned out to be non-violent.
An email dated May 11th shows the extent to which the DNC was interested in staging protests. It regards the important meeting between Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan and the header reads: ‘Action in front of RNC on Thursday morning for Trump/Ryan meeting.’
DNC official Eric Walker sent the following email to Luis Miranda about the protest: “AUFC [Americans United for Change] has the first one covered and the second one has nothing to do with trump or Ryan.”
Miranda replied: “I prefer these to stay on message: ‘GOP + Trump: Dangerous, Divisive, Deceitful’.”
That launched a conversation about the best signs for the protests; as Walker wrote: “Hey guys bumping these sign ideas for tomorrow’s action in front of the RNC with groups” [verbatim]:
- Reject the Trump-Ryan Agenda
- Dump Trump
- Love Trumps Hate (HFA tagline)
- Say No to Bigotry / Say No to Trump
- Trump + GOP = Make America Hate Again (I like this one the best)
The fallout from the Wikileaks trove of DNC emails has not yet reached its climax. As the Democratic National Convention hits the bright lights this week, there will be more than enough for Americans to talk about besides how the DNC worked to ensure Hillary Clinton received the nomination.