Grassroots activists have rallied to pressure the Democratic National Committee into changing its rules and limitations concerning the 2016 presidential debates, reported The Hill. Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley have criticized the DNC’s debate parameters.
The #AllowDebate movement argues that the DNC is rigging the Democratic primaries by limiting the number of debates to six, four of them being before the primary elections. Candidates are also banned from taking part in “outside contests.”
“Four debates and only four debates – we are told and not asked – before voters in our earliest states make their decision,” said O’Malley. “This sort of rigged process has never been attempted before. How does this help us make our case to the people? Whatever happened to open debates and the 50-state strategy.”
Sanders echoed O’Malley’s sentiments that the DNC has rigged the primaries.
The DNC is clearly trying to give Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton an advantage. The committee believes that she’s the Democrats’ only chance for the Dems to win the White House next year. They’re playing it safe, but Sanders’ campaign is gaining traction. The DNC is actually hurting the party’s chances at winning.