PHILADELPHIA UPDATED 7/26/16
A representative with the DNC says the comment that some have perceived to be racist in nature was simply referring to a video. DNC staffer Eric Walker emailed VNL on Tuesday morning saying “The phrase “taco bowl engagement” was referring to a video we put out in response to Trump’s taco bowl tweet. Here’s the video we produced: https://www.facebook.com/democrats/videos/10153916682971943/.” We have linked to the email in question on the right side of this page. There you can also find a link to the full Wikileaks email archive from the DNC. Walker said the staffer who was named in the original email release from Wikileaks has been the subject of “incredibly unfair vitriol.”
The DNC demanded in their email to VNL that our original story be changed or taken down as they claimed “it reads as a grotesque misrepresentation of our staffers comments.” Walker also wanted to know how the story was going to be changed.
The controversy comes at a time when DNC emails have shown large media organizations possibly approving stories through the DNC before being published and what some claim is collusion to deny Senator Bernie Sanders the democratic nomination. The email dump provided by Wikileaks also highlighted DNC staffers questioning Bernie Sanders jewish faith and wondering if religion could be used as a tool in state contests.
Day two of the democratic national convention continues today.
On a day when the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee announced she plans to resign over a disturbing email leak, a new email has surfaced appearing to call outreach to hispanics “taco bowl engagement.” It’s unclear if the email chain or “script” referred to in the email was meant as a response to a picture that Donald Trump had tweeted on Cinco De Mayo that depicted him eating a taco salad and proclaiming his appreciation for latinos. Progressives and conservatives called for more firings on Sunday evening because of the email. The DNC has not responded to the calls for more heads to roll in the controversy. The email dump provided by Wikileaks also highlighted DNC staffers mocking Bernie Sanders jewish faith.
Meanwhile, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced on Sunday she was resigning as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee on the eve of the party’s convention. Hours later, the Hillary Clinton campaign announced they had hired Wasserman Shultz as the head of Clinton’s 50 states campaign. The move caused some on both the left and the right to proclaim the “fix was in” to help Wasserman Shultz who had been a lightning rod for Bernie Sanders’ criticism through the primary.
It’s an abrupt end to a chairmanship marked by controversy, which came to a head this weekend following revelations from leaked internal emails.
“Going forward, the best way for me to accomplish those goals is to step down as Party Chair at the end of this convention,” Wasserman Schultz said in a lengthy statement Sunday announcing her resignation, referring her desire to unify the party.
Wasserman Schultz said she plans to step down at the end of the convention, though some Democrats are already saying she may not last that long. “As Party Chair, this week I will open and close the Convention and I will address our delegates about the stakes involved in this election not only for Democrats, but for all Americans,” Wasserman Schultz added.
Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge has been selected to serve as chair of the Democratic National Convention, which kicks off Monday. Democratic National Committee Vice Chair Donna Brazile will serve as Interim Chair through the election, a DNC spokesperson said on Twitter.