Sanders: "Debbie Wasserman Schultz Should Resign"


CNN'S JAKE TAPPER: Joining me now is former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Senator Sanders, always good to have you. Thanks so much.

Let's start with this bombshell from WikiLeaks, which got access to thousands of e-mails from the Democratic National Committee. In May 2016, the chief financial officer of the DNC, Brad Marshall, sent an e-mail to three other DNC staffers suggesting that the party should try to get someone to ask you about your religious beliefs.

Here is the e-mail -- quote -- "It might make no difference, but for Kentucky and West Virginia, can we get someone to ask his belief, does he believe in a God? he had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I think I read he is an atheist. This could make several points' difference with my peeps. My Southern peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist" -- unquote.

Senator Sanders, that is the chief financial officer of the Democratic National Committee. What is your response?

SANDERS: Well, I think it's outrageous, but it is not a great shock to me. I think, as I said, it's what we talked about six months ago. I mean, there's no question to my mind and I think no question to any objective observer's mind that the DNC was supporting Hillary Clinton, was in opposition to our campaign. So, I'm not quite shocked by this.

And that is why many, many months ago, I made it clear that I thought Debbie Wasserman Schultz should resign, should step down, not only because of the prejudice I think they showed during the campaign, but also because I think we need a new leadership of the Democratic Party which is going to open up that party to working people, to young people, to have the kind of vitality we need to not only win the presidency, but gain control of the Senate and the House as well.

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