Yesterday, the real story of Day #3 of the Democratic Party convention was the organized, outside demonstrations in which delegates and other progressives decried the #DNCLeak and Hillary Clinton’s rigged nomination.
As I suspected, Bernie Sanders’ delegates did have something special planned for Day #4 and Clinton’s formal acceptance address. And so did Democratic Party operatives, who worked hard to prevent protests, disruptions and distractions.
Eden McFadden, a Sanders delegate from California district 34 in Los Angeles, posted a shocking, pre-event video that captures the tactics implemented to ensure a Clinton success.
During the filming, McFadden reveals that:
- The party had hired paid seat-fillers, to ensure that the convention hall would be filled during Clinton’s speech.
- Operatives had reserved big blocks of seats in what McFadden described as the “rabble rouser” sections…especially Oregon, California and Vermont. It appears the goal might have been to prevent Sanders delegates from congregating together.
- As they arrived for the evening’s speeches, the Californians were told that nobody was being seated yet, and kept them back from the hall longer than many other delegations. When they entered, the Sanders delegates discovered that hired seat-fillers or party officials/interns were already seated in prime areas, blocking out 10-surrounding seats for approved viewers. In fact, one delegate (Jose Caballero from district 53 in San Diego) had gotten up, then returned to find his seat already taken. He was visibly frustrated with the tactic.
But the real kicker: White noise machines were installed above the areas in which swaths of Sanders delegates were likely to be found.
McFadden provided further details in a follow-up interview.
McFadden said when confronting the alleged seat-fillers and trying to take pictures and videos, the unknown people sitting in delegates’ seats quickly left without making a scene.
“It didn’t get much talking to them to get them to leave,” McFadden said. “We ripped the ‘reserved’ signs down and sat down, because these seats are for elected delegates, and nobody from the DNC tried to tell us we couldn’t be there.”
McFadden told US Uncut she talked to Sanders delegates from New York, Oregon, and Washington, who all relayed similar stories of the DNC trying to remove seats from more rebellious state delegations.
The whole approach is laughable when you consider that the “authentic” Hillary Clinton was suppose to be featured during this phase of the presidential roll-out.
What the dinosaurs of the Democratic Party did not anticipate is that the millennials who have been enthusiastic Sanders voters had a few tricks up their sleeves. McFadden’s use of video and social media was one example. Additionally, if you looked closely at the audience, you might have noticed about 700 yellow-green shirts.
These shirts were worn by the #DemExit activists, and the color was selected so that the couldn’t be green-screened into something else. I kept an eye on those pockets of chartreuse in the hall:
— Karen Zarcone (@ZarconeKaren) July 29, 2016
— Reginald Hodges (@sci_solar) July 29, 2016
— Reginald Hodges (@sci_solar) July 29, 2016
Also: … pic.twitter.com/0hrwYTrEdZ
— Shailendra Nair (@shailendra_nair) July 29, 2016
Apparently, Democratic operatives also thought that the phony chanting to cover up the heckling would not be noticed.
— Tensai Badger (@Rahnaseeta) July 29, 2016
I think the best moment of McFadden’s video came at minute 9:00, when sparks flew out of some overhead equipment. Surely, that should have been an omen!
How well did this contain-and-control approach work? Not very. For example, the heckling was noticed.
The boos & catcalls from Sanders supporters during Hillary speech at #DNCinPHL are distracting, even watching on tv. What a disaster.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 29, 2016
The California delegate walked out mid-speech.
— vms (@vschirf) July 29, 2016
And many Democrats formally changed their party affiliation this week, deeply upset at the corrupt candidate who was nominated by a rigged system.
— #ItsInOurHands (@CamelotGypsy) July 29, 2016
The most shocking aspect of Clinton’s address?
The most amazing thing about tonight is that Hillary is giving this speech for free.
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) July 29, 2016
Thanks heaven the nominating phase of Election 2016 has ended!
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