DEAR EDITOR:

Phyllis Crowley’s recent letter speculated that President Trump might refuse to leave the White House if defeated in November. Though always a concern, his sometimes-unfocused verbal meanderings have provided fodder for all sorts of fears over the years, but haven’t led to much.

But the broader question remains: would either Republicans or Democrats resort to collusion or fraud to defeat the electoral process? History says “Absolutely.” And there’s zero speculation needed.

On Aug. 25, 2017, Federal Judge William Zloch issued a verdict in a class-action lawsuit (“Carol Wilding et al vs. DNC Services Corp”) in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida. The suit, brought by Bernie Sanders’ campaign, alleged collusion between the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee in the 2016 primaries at Sanders’ expense.

One notes with surprise that the event was not widely reported in the mainstream media.

Democratic National Committee attorney Bruce Spiva argued that they would be well within their rights to ignore primary voters and select their own candidate however they wished, even if it violated their own rules. Judge Zloch concluded, “In evaluating Plaintiffs’ (Sanders’) claims at this stage, the Court assumes their allegations are true — that the DNC and Wasserman Schultz held a palpable bias in favor Clinton and sought to propel her ahead of her Democratic opponent.” He continued, “…the DNC and Wasserman Schultz have characterized the DNC (C)harter’s promise of ‘impartiality and evenhandedness’ as a mere political promise — political rhetoric that is not enforceable in federal courts. While it may be true in the abstract that the DNC has the right to have its delegates ‘go into back rooms like they used to and smoke cigars and pick the candidate that way,’ the DNC, through its (c)harter, has committed itself to a higher principle.”

So in federal court, DNC has asserted in its formal pleadings an absolute right to disregard both its own charter and the popular vote in its primaries and to literally pick their preferred candidate in a smoke-filled room. The court accepted that the DNC and its chairperson, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, had indeed rigged the primaries, but Judge Zloch concluded that there was “insufficient service of process” and other serious issues with the suit. He dismissed it. His verdict was appealed unsuccessfully.

Ms. Crowley might find it noteworthy that for one-and-a-half centuries (Tammany Hall, Chicago’s Daly machine, Obama’s weaponization of the IRS and other agencies, Clinton/DNC/Sanders, more) Democrats have been the champions of electoral mischief, Mr. Trump notwithstanding.

Tom Clearman

Sutallee

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