Democrats asking for unity after emails against Sanders campaign come out from DNC

Posted at 2:11 PM, Jul 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-26 06:37:56-04

Maryland politicians made the trip to Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention, and many are asking for unity.

This after emails showing hostility toward Sanders leaked, causing the DNC chairwoman to step down.

Monday night, Bernie Sanders and First Lady Michelle Obama will take the stage. John Bullock, Assistant Professor at Towson University and candidate for Baltimore City Council said it's unknown what Sanders will say but says his job is clear.

"If Bernie Sanders folks stay home or vote a different way, that could spell disaster for [Clinton's] campaign," Bullock said.

Bullock added Sanders does not only have to unify the party behind Hillary, but respond to the emails against him.

"I think he also has to speak honestly to it because if he doesn't speak honestly to it, then the base of people who supported him will then say well he's part of the establishment," Bullock said.

While he said the emails were troubling to many Bernie supporters, Bullock doesn't think the outcome would have changed in this election.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake responded to the scandal this morning saying she supports the process, "All of the officers took a pledge of neutrality and I honor that and take that very seriously." Adding that the chair will take appropriate steps if these members acted outside of the pledge. 

Bullock says Sanders has a long future in this campaign, "He's not out. He's very integral because if he doesn't show up in a very energetic and enthusiastic way, that ground swell of support he had, that may vanish."

Bullock said Sanders campaign changed the Democratic platform, causing Hillary to lean leftward, and the party needs him and his supporters to vote Clinton if they want a Democrat in the White House.