Let’s get one thing straight. No matter how much the media says Hillary Clinton did not steal the Democratic nomination from Bernie Sanders, she did. Anyone who was paying more than passing attention to the 2016 Democratic primary knows that the willingness of the Clinton forces to cheat was obvious from the start, as far back as the Massachusetts primary when Bill Clinton himself illegally campaigned inside polling stations during voting hours.
Yet in schoolmarmish overtones the New York Times lectures: “Exit Polls, and Why the Primary Was Not Stolen From Bernie Sanders”
Old Bill was glad-handing and back-slapping inside polling stations as Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin gave him a pass when people called to complain. Galvin said Clinton was allowed to hang out inside polling stations as long as he did not utter the words “vote for my wife.”
And this was just one part of the cheating we could easily see.
In the New York primary, officials apologized for zapping hundreds of thousands of voters from the voter rolls, 125,000 in Brooklyn alone, who strongly tilted toward Sanders. Brooklyn just happened to be Sanders’ hometown and a stronghold. One voter observed that if there were anyplace to take out blocks and blocks of young urban hipsters, overwhelmingly for Bernie, it would be Brooklyn.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman pleaded after the fiasco:
“if any New Yorker was illegally prevented from voting, I will do everything in my power to make their vote count…”
“The next president of the United States could very easily be decided tonight and yet the incompetence of the [New York City] Board of Elections puts a cloud over these results.”
Why were they apologizing if there was nothing to apologize for? How can anyone say there was no cheating?
In California, Hillary ally and Secretary of State Alex Padilla sent out conflicting instructions on how to vote in the primary if you were an independent. Weeks before the primary, a poll worker in Orange County, the third most populous county in the state behind Los Angeles and San Diego, reported that she and her co-workers were told to give out the wrong kind of ballot to independent voters. Padilla had hosted a Clinton fundraiser the previous year, and was kissing cousins with Hillary. The poll worker said: “I was told that all NPP voters are to be given provisional ballots.”
NPP – No Party Preference – is California’s designation for independents who can vote in either party’s primary. Independents in California broke for Bernie by a large margin, about two-thirds.
No one knows how many more people would have come out and voted for Sanders in the California primary had the Associated Press not announced, in a stunning breach of ethics, that Hillary had already clinched the nomination on the day before. At 5pm on Monday, a full 12 hours before the polls opened, CNN was blaring that Hillary was already the winner of the Democratic nomination, by adding anonymous super-delegates who had declared for her that day to the pledged delegate totals. Even though super-delegates were tradition-bound to follow the pledged delegate outcome, which had not yet been determined.
The Sanders campaign blasted the AP with the statement:
“It is unfortunate that the media, in a rush to judgement, are ignoring the Democratic National Committee’s clear statement that it is wrong to count the votes of superdelegates before they actually vote at the convention this summer,”
That night only Lester Holt of MSNBC had the journalistic integrity to note that the contest was “still open.”
In San Diego, California’s second largest county, a shredding truck was seen out back of a central vote-counting station, and, inside, citizens captured video of ballots with Sanders votes covered with white-out.
Clinton supposedly won California 52% – 45%. Intriguingly, in the one county, Humboldt County, where the ballots are counted by a fraud proof, open source software system, Sanders prevailed by his highest margin of all California counties, 70% – 30%.
In the Democratic caucus in Las Vegas, people wearing “I’m with her” t-shirts trooped past the check-in table without registering, with an official being heard shushing a woman who was telling them to just walk through, hissing “Don’t yell it!”
At the state convention in Nevada, Democratic state party chairman Roberta Lange gaveled down the convention before all procedural motions had been heard, after she imperiously declared Hillary the winner.
In Arizona people lined up in the hot sun for up to 5 hours to vote, and many dropped out of line, in the most populous county, Maricopa, which includes Phoenix. Polling stations were slashed in the county from previous levels, to one polling station per 21,000 voters, in contrast to the normal number across the US of one per a few thousand at most. As in California, thousands of people in Arizona found themselves dropped from the rolls, or registered incorrectly, so that they could not vote in the primary. These voters were handed provisional ballots, which were, as in California, the last to be counted. The media announced an Arizona victory for Clinton while thousands of people were still standing in line to vote.
If anyone thought Bill Clinton getting caught openly violating campaign laws in Massachusetts would be a deterrent to further misbehavior, they were wrong. Democratic establishment forces gleefully cheated away.
It soon became apparent that likely Bernie voters were getting targeted, as complaints flooded in from the primaries. According to a sampling by Anonymous, in Arizona, the vast majority of complaints regarding incorrect, or missing, voter registrations affected Sanders voters. Anonymous concluded that in Arizona, voter registration systems were easy to hack into. Moreover, It was realized that the principle campaign database used by Democratic candidates such as Sanders and Clinton, called the NGP VAN, allowed hackers to see who any likely Democratic primary voter had donated money to.
The extraordinary lines in the hot sun in Arizona served a purpose. The early mail-in vote was weighted heavily toward Hillary. The long lines were weighted toward young voters capable of standing such punishment. The Sanders demographic was nothing if not young. By suppressing the younger slice of the demographic, it was almost guaranteed that it was the Sanders vote that would suffer.