Former President Bill Clinton has spoken to Democratic Committee Chair Tom Perez about the future of their party. And he didn’t hold back. NBC News political reporter Jonathan Allen appeared on C-SPAN on the show Washington Journal. Allen shared the inside scoop of the tense conversation between the former president and the leader of the Democratic Party.
Clinton warned Perez to “not let the party go to Bernie Sanders folks.”
Allen, author of Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign, said Perez had received “explicit instructions” from Bill Clinton to keep the hard-leftists of the party from taking control.
Allen said, “The DNC is unpopular with its own base. Half of the Democratic Party felt like the DNC was unfairly tipping the scales in the last presidential election trying to get Hillary Clinton nominated, trying to hurt Bernie Sanders. So you start with that bad blood, and really there’s just been a clash between these two sides that has resumed; the hostilities that had been put aside at the Democratic National Convention in 2016 resumed the minute Donald Trump was elected president.”
Allen continued, “There is this huge battle for the soul of the Democratic Party between the Clinton-type folks and the Sanders folks. And Tom Perez is in the middle of that and he’s gotten very explicit instructions from Bill Clinton not to let the party go to the Sanders crowd.”
Back in 2016, when the Democratic nomination process commenced, Clinton criticized Sanders for his New Hampshire campaign strategy against Mrs. Clinton. Said Bill, “His online campaign is simple: ‘Anybody who doesn’t agree with me is the tool of the establishment.'”
This is still early 2018. The next presidential election is 912 days away. This could get interesting – for a long time.