Jared Beck, the attorney representing Sanders supporters in the class action lawsuit, retorted that the DNC Charter is not akin to political rhetoric a politician would use during a campaign, but rather an inherent and important part of democracy in America. The entire argument of the DNC in this lawsuit is to conflate the promises of a political candidate with those of an election arbiter bound to neutrality by the DNC Charter, and to claim that fraudulent inducement cannot ever be proven as the DNC attorneys allege, “I think there’s an impossible showing of causation.”
“People paid money in reliance on the understanding that the primary elections for the Democratic nominee—nominating process in 2016 were fair and impartial,” Beck said. “And that’s not just a bedrock assumption that we would assume just by virtue of the fact that we live in a democracy, and we assume that our elections are run in a fair and impartial manner. But that’s what the Democratic National Committee’s own charter says. It says it in black and white. And they can’t deny that.” He added, “Not only is it in the charter, but it was stated over and over again in the media by the Democratic National Committee’s employees, including Congresswoman Wassermann Schultz, that they were, in fact, acting in compliance with the charter. And they said it again and again, and we’ve cited several instances of that in the case.”
None of this should surprise anyone, really. Debbie Wasserman Schultz got on CNN and said, in an interview, that the Superdelegate system is designed so that incumbents don’t have to answer every primary challenge from the grassroots. No really, she said that.
When you add to that the fact that in a recent survey sent to registered Democrats, one of the issues recipients were asked to rank was the responsiveness of the party to the grassroots it’s increasingly obvious that the DNC is either lost or openly lying about their commitment to the grassroots movements that spawned people like Bernie Sanders.