Sanders time as a Democrat was short lived. Right after Clinton was named the official democratic nominee, he announced he is going back to his roots and is now an independent (again.)
He was and has been an independent for most of his political career prior to declaring Democrat right before the primaries last November.
This really isn’t too surprising considering the scandals being exposed revolving around the Democratic Party. One of which was the recent email chain released by Wikileaks revealing how the Democratic National committee staffers purposely tried to undermine Sanders’ campaign.
The DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) resigned due to the emails, but this may have worked in her favor.
“If Wasserman Schultz’s job was to ensure that a Democrat got the Democratic party nomination, then she might have been doing her job correctly (even if Bernie’s supporters would disagree). There’s the additional complication, of course, that Wasserman Schultz was a vocal Clinton supporter, a Clinton surrogate and is now a senior adviser to the campaign, as she’s been officially booted from her DNC duties. But if anyone is vindicating her position, it’s Sanders, dumping the Democratic Party as soon as it was no longer useful,” writes Emily Zanotti of Heat Street in the article exposing the email leak.
Although, Sanders “pledged” his allegiance to Clinton, his actions speak louder than words. “Sanders called on his supporters to endorse Clinton in Philadelphia, which was marked by boos. He made the gesture for unity again at the roll call vote, but soon made a mad dash towards the exit, which could be viewed as his final moments as a member of the Democratic Party,” writes Townhall.
While, it makes sense for the democratic candidate to actually be a democrat rather than someone posing as one to get backing by a political party, the party should have never purposely undercut a candidate’s campaign.
Again, who could blame him with the democratic chaos– with loud chanting and rowdy people climbing over barricades. But, a lot of these protesters are Sanders supporters angry over Clinton’s nomination. The democratic convention in Philly seemed much more eventful (in a bad way) than the Republican one in Cleveland. As Trump tweeted over the weekend: “Leaked e-mails of DNC show plans to destroy Bernie Sanders. Mock his heritage and much more. On-line from Wikileaks, really vicious. RIGGED.”