Joe Scarborough (Credit: MSNBC)

Joe Scarborough: Why even vote for Bernie Sanders when the race is already "rigged" for Hillary Clinton?

"Why does the Democratic Party even have voting booths?" he asked


Scott Eric Kaufman
April 11, 2016 5:15PM (UTC)

On Morning Joe Monday, co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were exasperated by just how rigged the Democratic primary system must be for Vermont Sanders to have won 8 or the last 9 primaries and still fallen further back in the overall delegate count.

"I’m sorry, that’s a crushing victory," Scarborough began, before launching into a rant about how Wyoming allots its delegates.

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"Bernie Sanders won Wyoming by 12 percent, but he might not even pick up a single delegate. Hillary Clinton was awarded 11 delegates, Bernie Sanders only seven," Scarborough said. "Why does the Democratic Party even have voting booths? This system is so rigged."

Brzezinski replied that the Democrats are "always talk[ing] about voter turnout and how important it is to do your duty as a citizen, but there's absolutely no reason any of those people voted."

"The party sends its activists out and [sends] people chattering on TV and chattering on talk radio about voter disenfranchisement," Scarborough added. "This same party tells voters to 'Go to Hell!' when they select somebody by 12 percentage points and end up letting the other candidate, who lost by 12 percentage points, win the most delegates. That -- by definition -- is voter disenfranchisement!

Watch the entire discussion below via MSNBC.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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