“It was not only disturbing, but disrespectful,” said Nina Turner, a former Sanders co-chair of the committee. “Disgusting, disturbing, unacceptable. And this is not a way to restore the faith of people who already suspect that the Democratic Party is unjust. “
Another person at the meeting described it as full of conversations between a small number of people in the Biden and Sanders camps, which made it difficult to hear the proceedings, and said that some people did not know how to use the mute button.
The Democratic National Committee did not respond immediately to requests for comments. A Biden official attacked an account named after Sanders.
“It simply came to our notice then. There was a small group that drowned the speakers, and it continued in honor of the late Rep. John Lewis, “said the person who refused to speak. “Both Sanders and Biden delegates have been asked to stop. And the overwhelming result of this meeting was five resolutions, which were adopted unanimously as a result of the hard work of the Sanders and Biden teams. ̵6; “
The struggle began with Brent Welder, a Sanders nominee on the convention rules committee, proposing a resolution to amend the party charter to reject all corporate PAC dollars and limit corporate lobby groups in service at the DNC for several years.
The Biden commissioner called for his submission, which, according to some Sanders commissioners, caught up with them. “Until when?” Welder asked.
“Generally, until someone makes a successful proposal to remove him from the table,” said former Prime Minister Barney Frank, co-chair of the meeting. “After the expiration of the committee, if no one has moved to successfully take it off the table, then he will die with the committee.”
“Wow, that doesn’t make sense at all,” Welder said.
Jillian Johnson, a member of the Sanders Committee, said other Sanders supporters were urging the proposal to be voted on in a tear-off room by changing the background images of their screens to reflect their support. She said some Biden candidates were punishing progress.
“You’re acting like kids,” someone said, and “You’d get lost anyway, so get over it,” she said. “And then the host just ended the meeting, so we couldn’t see each other anymore.”
Welder and another Sanders denominator, who requested anonymity, also stated that they had submitted these comments to Biden. Turner said she heard them as well, and said they came from Biden commissioners or “party guards.”
Minutes before the end of the meeting, the committee voted on Welder’s proposal, which was supported. His original amendment was then defeated.
While the frustration of Sanders’ nominees escaped on social media, the real arguments in private breakout rooms were not broadcast live – an advantage for the party. If the meeting were held in person, as is normally the case with the Rules Committee, such a split could be recorded on tape.
On a specific issue, on Thursday the Rules Committee concluded an agreement between the Sanders and Biden teams to extend the party reforms agreed upon after the disputed 2016 elections.
The Rules Committee voted unanimously to submit a proposal to maintain the “progress made” in the process of nominating the President, such as not allowing super-delegates, who will vote on the first round of voting and increase the accessibility of the elections.
The Sanders and Biden camps hoped that the resolution would underline the party’s harmony. reforms. which will now go to the vote of the convention delegates, would be united by the presidential primary in 2024.
In an effort to maintain unity, Sanders’ campaign officials called on Sanders nominees until 2020 to withdraw some votes and vote against some of the amendments, as they were in conflict with the Biden agreement.
The committee defeated the plan for the permanent limited role of superdelegates.
“The rules that have been passed today, which preserve the important changes we enforced four years ago, ensure that our party’s presidential candidate is chosen by esteemed Democrats – not party elites,” Sanders said in a statement. “I would like to thank the Biden campaign, the delegates and the members of the committee who have reached this agreement. It is very simply said that the will of the people must come first. “