Democrats don’t want a repeat of 2016 in 2020 where Bernie Sanders takes support away from the party’s preferred candidate. So they’re changing the rules. From now on, if you seek the Democratic party nomination, you have to be a Democrat.
FOX News reports:
Bid to block Bernie Sanders? DNC adopts rule change, wants only avowed Democrats to run
The Democratic National Committee adopted a new rule Friday aimed at preventing non-Democrats, such as independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, from seeking the party’s 2020 presidential nomination, reports said.
The rule change, adopted at a DNC meeting in Providence, R.I., requires all candidates for the party’s nomination to “run and serve” as Democrats, Yahoo News reported.
Some supporters of Sanders — who caucuses with the Democrats despite declining to declare a party affiliation — say the move was motivated by “spite” after Sanders gave Hillary Clinton a run for her money during the Democratic primaries in 2016.
— Randi Weingarten (@rweingarten) June 8, 2018
The Bernie people are not happy:
“We just came off a devastating presidential loss in 2016,” Mark Longabaugh, a senior adviser to Sanders’ 2016 campaign, told Yahoo News. “It would seem to me the actual impetus would be to expand the Democratic Party. I, just for the life of me, don’t see any motivation for this beyond personal spite.”
The Democrats are still at war with themselves.