“It wasn’t just disturbing, but disrespectful,” said Nina Turner, Sanders ’campaign co-chair who served on the committee. “It simply came to our notice then. And there is no way to re-establish the faith of people who already suspect the Democratic Party is unfair. “
Another person at the meeting described it as a full discussion between a small number of people in both the Biden and Sanders camps that made it difficult to hear the cause, and said some people did not know how to use the mute button.
The Democratic National Committee did not immediately respond to requests for comment. An officer of Biden disputed the bill from appointed Sanders.
“It simply came to our notice then. There was a small group of eager speakers, and this went on to pay tribute to the late Rep. John John Lewis, ”the person, who refused to speak on the record, said. “They were asked to stop by Sanders and Biden̵7;s delegates. And the big departure of this meeting were the five resolutions that were passed unanimously, as a result of the hard work of the Sanders and Biden teams.”
The space began when Brent Welder, Sanders’ appointee on the convention’s rules committee, proposed a resolution to change the party’s charter to reject all corporate PAC dollars and limit corporate lobbyists from serving. on the DNC for many years.
A Biden appointee asked to be brought in, which some Sanders store said caught them out of place. “Pill by what time?” asked Welder.
“Generally, as long as someone makes a successful motion to get it off the table,” the former Rep replied. Barney Frank, the co-chair of the meeting. “After the committee expires, if no one has moved to get him off the table successfully, then he dies with the committee.”
“Wow, it doesn’t make sense,” Welder said.
Jillian Johnson, Sanders’ nominee to the committee, said other Sanders supporters urged the proposal to be put to a vote in the closed-door opening room by changing the background of the images on their screens to reflect their support. She said some announced Biden dismissed the progressives on it.
“” You’re acting like a child, “someone said, and,” You’ll lose anyway, let it catch you, “she said. “And then the host closed the meeting so we couldn’t see any more.”
Welder and another Sanders appointee who also asked for anonymity also said that Biden’s appointees made these comments. Turner said she heard them as well, saying they came from people named Biden or “party diehards.”
Minutes before the end of the meeting, the committee had a vote to consider Welder’s proposal, which was supported. His original amendment was then defeated.
While the frustration of appointed Sanders was felt on social media, the actual arguments in the private rooms were not broadcast live – a blessing for the party. Had the meeting been held in person, as the rules committee usually operates, such divisions could have been caught on tape.
On a separate issue Thursday, the rules committee concluded an agreement between the Sanders and Biden teams to extend the party reforms that were agreed after the contentious 2016 election.
The rules committee voted unanimously to pass a proposal to maintain the “progress made” for the presidential nomination process, as it prevents superdelegates vote on the first ballot and make the caucuses more accessible.
The Sanders and Biden camps hoped the resolution would underline harmony in the party. Reforms, which will now go to the vote of the convention delegates, will be sung for the 2024 presidential primary.
In an effort to maintain unity, Sanders’ 2020 campaign officials called on Sanders to withdraw and vote against some amendments because they were in conflict with the agreement reached with the Biden team.
A plan to make the role limited to permanent superdelegates was defeated by the committee.
“The rules passed today, which keep in place the important changes we pushed for four years ago, ensure that our party’s presidential candidate is chosen by the Democrats of rank and file – not party elites, “Sanders said in a statement. “I want to thank the campaign of Biden, the delegates and the committee members who forged this agreement. What it says, simply, is that the will of the people must come first.”