Just a few months ago, Cory Booker wanted the DNC to change their debate rules because he didn’t qualify. Other Democrats like Elizabeth Warren and Julian Castro backed up Booker but the DNC wouldn’t budge.
Now the DNC is suddenly changing their debate rules to make sure Mike Bloomberg is included in the next debate.
Doesn’t that sound a little fishy?
DNC overhauls debate requirements, opening door for Bloomberg
The Democratic National Committee is drastically revising its criteria to participate in primary debates after New Hampshire, doubling the polling threshold and eliminating the individual donor requirement, which could pave the way for former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg to make the stage beginning in mid-February.
Candidates will need to earn at least 10 percent in four polls released from Jan. 15 to Feb. 18, or 12 percent in two polls conducted in Nevada or South Carolina, in order to participate in the Feb. 19 debate in Las Vegas. Any candidate who earns at least one delegate to the national convention in either the Iowa caucuses or New Hampshire primary will also qualify for the Nevada debate.
The new criteria eliminate the individual-donor threshold, which was used for the first eight debates, including next week’s debate in New Hampshire. Bloomberg, the self-funding billionaire, has refused to take donations from other individuals, which has thus far precluded his participation in any of the debates since he joined the race late last year.
“Now that the grassroots support is actually captured in real voting, the criteria will no longer require a donor threshold,” said Adrienne Watson, a DNC spokeswoman. “The donor threshold was appropriate for the opening stages of the race, when candidates were building their organizations, and there were no metrics available outside of polling to distinguish those making progress from those who weren’t.”
The Democrats just can’t seem to help themselves.
Tulsi Gabbard & Mike Gravel were kept out of the debates by DNC rules but now the Dems have waived those rules so that racist billionaire Mike Bloomberg can debate this Friday.
The system IS RIGGED!https://t.co/0aSVbhZDUn
— Lee Camp [Redacted] (@LeeCamp) January 31, 2020
The DNC drastically changed its debate requirement rules to ensure the inclusion of Mike Bloomberg, mostly because he’s a billionaire.
Right before the change, he donated $325,000+ to the Democratic national committee.
Quid pro quo? pic.twitter.com/IOs36uI2c8
— Michael Coudrey (@MichaelCoudrey) February 1, 2020
DNC changes debate rules so Bloomberg can buy his way in, that's how scared they are of #Bernie2020. Also: Bloomberg's bump has has zero to do with popular support – the same thing would happen to a russet potato with $150-million of TV ads behinds it. https://t.co/9MMHtnFFbf
— Naomi Klein (@NaomiAKlein) January 31, 2020
This looks so bad.