(ReliableNews.org) – President Joe Biden will almost certainly be his party’s nominee in November. This isn’t stopping Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) from running against him. But the congressman recently accused the party’s leaders of being undemocratic.
Phillips told the New York Post that he’s running for the Democratic nomination because he “believes deeply that we are a nation predicated on competition, not coronation,” and he felt compelled to enter when nobody else did.
New Hampshire’s primary was held on January 23, the first of the season. President Biden was not on the ballot, but more than 55% of the party wrote his name in, making him the winner. Phillips received just over 19% of the vote, as of the next day. Usually, that would mean the 23 pledged delegates were going to be doled out, but that’s not what happened.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) ordered New Hamshire to hold its primary second this time around. Usually, the Granite State is the first primary state, but this time, the party wanted South Carolina to go first. State officials refused, and the DNC retaliated by stripping it of its delegates.
Phillips accused the DNC of obstructing the primary by changing the primary schedule and preventing the distribution of the delegates. He said what the party is doing is undemocratic “by definition.” He said the efforts by the DNC are “a threat to democracy by undermining it and suppressing it.”
The congressman said he doesn’t know if Biden has anything to do with the DNC’s decisions, but believes he has a “responsibility to at least be asked the question about these things.” And he should do something about it. Phillips said there are now two political parties in the US “working against the very foundations of the democracy.”
The Democrat has served as the vice chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus. He believes in reaching across the aisle to work with Republicans to make the country a better place for everyone.
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