The first Democratic debate occurred earlier this week, and now one of the candidates is speaking out to reveal that it was “rigged.”
According to Libertarian Republic, Jim Webb claims that the debate was rigged in Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sander’s favor by both CNN and moderator Anderson Cooper.
“I’m going to be very frank, it was rigged in terms of who was going to get the time on the floor by the way that Anderson Cooper was selecting people to supposedly respond to something someone else said,” Webb said while talking to the Council on Foreign Relations on Thursday.
Despite the fact that Webb is a combat veteran and former senator, he was treated with almost no respect by his own party.
“I even turned around to Bernie Sanders at one point and said, Bernie, say my name, will you? Say my name,” Webb joked. “So you know, in that kind of an environment, you know, I was either going to be Mr. Angry or I was going to be a potted plant. That was the only way to try to get into the conversation.”
“It’s very difficult to win a debate when you don’t have the opportunity to speak the same amount of time on issues as the other two did,” he concluded. “It’s a reality that the debate was being portrayed as a showdown between Mrs. Clinton and Bernie, but if you’re going to be invited to participate and people are going to judge whether you, quote, “won” or not, at least you should be able to have the kind of time that’s necessary to discuss the issues that you care about, that you’ve worked on.”
Given the fact that Anderson Cooper has been exposed as a top Clinton donor, we aren’t too surprised that he rigged the debate in the former first lady’s favor.
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