The Democratic National Committee began purging members in its progressive-wing on Wednesday for their opposition to DNC Chairman Tom Perez — a Clinton loyalist.
The move, reported by NBC News, comes after the DNC endured a brutal primary battle between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton in 2016 — a battle that fractured a party already in ruins.
Perez’s decision to remove and demote numerous far-left members of the DNC is alarming to many Democrats who see the move as a way of overstocking the DNC with Clinton-backed members on the Rules and Bylaws Committee, “which helps set the terms for the party’s presidential primary.”
For a political party that supposedly prides itself on being “inclusive” the DNC did a lousy job at showing that. Not only did they oust the president of the Arab American Institute, they also booted the first-ever transgender member of the DNC, along with several others.
“James Zogby, the president of the Arab American Institute and prominent Sanders backer, is no longer co-chair of the Resolutions Committee and is off the Executive Committee, a spot he has held since 2001,” NBC News reported. “Barbra Casbar Siperstein, the first transgender member of the DNC who supported Ellison and Buckley, was tossed from the Executive Committee.”
“I can’t speak for Tom (Perez), but you talk about diversity — I’m extremely diverse: Jewish, veteran, transgender, lesbian, grandparent, small-business owner,” Siperstein said.
The DNC purge also followed Wednesday’s news that the GOP fundraising is booming at a historic rate, the Republican National Committee raising over $100 million in just the first nine months of 2017 — while the fundraising for the DNC is tanking.
The Democratic Party is in complete disarray, having lost over “1,042 state and federal Democratic posts, including congressional and state legislative seats, governorships and the presidency,” Fox News reported.