A week after they were held, the Iowa caucuses are still a source of significant controversy within the Democratic Party, with at least one campaign aide to Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT) suggesting that the chaos and uncertainty that characterized the outcome was no accident, according to the Washington Examiner.
“It does look fairly intentional,” former Ohio state legislator Nia Turner said in an interview with progressive media outlet Status Coup on Saturday.
“I feel bad for the people of Iowa who take great pride in the caucus process,” Turner went on. “They were robbed.”
She went on to call the situation “really wrong” for the Sanders campaign, “and all the thousands of volunteers that combed that entire state on behalf of this campaign.”
Perez under fire
The Ohio Democrat also had tough words for Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez, who last Thursday called for a recanvass of the totals in Iowa.
“I find it ironic he wants to recanvass. Where was he days and days before that?” Turner demanded. “Nowhere to be found.”
In Turner’s opinion, the motive for such a move would be to settle the caucus results in favor of former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Pete Buttigieg by compensating for his lack of support among minority demographic groups.
“Now, they want to question the satellite, and it’s my understanding that Mr. Buttigieg’s campaign is calling foul on the satellites, somebody that’s polling about 0% in the black community, Hispanic community, communities of color, wants to question the satellite caucuses that did allow people who work shift jobs to be able to have an opportunity to have their voices heard,” she contended.
Replay of 2016?
Turner also brought up the controversy that surrounded 2016 Democratic primary battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, arguing that “elites” within the party are once again attempting to sabotage Sanders’ campaign.
“In 2016, they wanted to throw him out, as you remember. This you, you’ve got several candidates who are not polling well with communities of color, and you’ll hear nary a word. You know why? Because the elites have moved the ball,” Turner said.
However, Sanders himself is currently trying to downplay claims of electoral malfeasance, telling CNN it’s “not my impression at this moment” that the DNC is targeting his campaign, according to Newsweek.
Sanders did, however, acknowledge that the caucus debacle was “an embarrassment” and a “disgrace to the good people of Iowa.”