Senator resigns to endorse Sanders

Published: March 3, 2016

Commentary by
ERIN McCORMICK

Any person who has been following the 2016 presidential election to some degree can appreciate the throwing-around of words and phrases like “ruling class” and “establishment.”

Bernie Sanders has based a majority of his campaign on the concept of going against the 1 percent and the institutions that run the economy and government (and, in some grossly misguided way, Trump’s supporters seem to believe the same of their candidate).

Hillary Clinton, Sanders’s key opponent for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, is seen as the favored candidate between the two by the Democratic National Convention.

Many have said that the DNC’s unconventional debate schedule and withholding of information from the Sanders campaign demonstrates that the group and its chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, are doing everything in their power to ensure that Clinton is their nominee.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard might just agree.

On Sunday, she announced that she was resigning from her post as vice chairwoman of the DNC in order to endorse Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination.

Gabbard is considered an up-and-comer on the national political stage.

She was only 21 when she was elected to the Hawaii House of Representatives.

She is the first Hindu as well as the first American Samoan member of the U.S. Congress and has been deployed twice to the Middle East.

Not to mention, she is only 34 years old, a relative infant in the Congress years.

In her resignation, Gabbard said that she resigned to support Sanders because she believes him to be trustworthy, as well as the only candidate who can genuinely bring peace and prosperity to the country.

Her bold move is making waves across Washington, but it also begs the question-just how strict is the DNC that Gabbard felt that she must resign in order to publicly support a different candidate?

The atmosphere at the DNC’s national headquarters must be tense enough that Gabbard was compelled to resign and speak out against the establishment.

Nonetheless, Rep. Gabbard is one of relatively few democrats in Congress to publicly throw their support behind Sanders over Clinton, and her brave move may just inspire her colleagues to do the same.

Contact the writer: erin.mccormick@scranton.edu

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