As Bernie Sanders supporters bailed on their Democrat brethren at the convention this week, one Sanders delegate is claiming that the DNC was filling the gaps with paid seat-fillers in an effort to present a unified front for the Democratic Party as the gathering wound to a close.
The obviously intelligent and articulate delegate described what he saw, and what his suspicions were, in a video piece that is making the rounds on social media, most notably at InfoWars, the home of well-known conservative libertarian and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
According to the delegate, the first thing that made him suspicious is that when he arrived at the Wells Fargo Center just before the evening’s events began, the place was practically empty…but, in short order, it filled to near capacity.
According to the unnamed delegate, “Every seat in the house is full – so those seat fillers you guys were hearing about? It’s real, they’re in here now.”
He goes on to talk about how the “pretend” Bernie delegates cheer and clap in place of the missing or displaced (read: real) Sanders delegates so that when the media broadcasts nighttime convention speakers and events, the perception conveyed to the public is of an upbeat, unified convention.
“It’s because the Bernie people aren’t here and the people that are here are getting paid to sit in their seats and clap their hands.
“My guess is that’s because a seat filler is in your seat and the optics of everyone having to shift and stand and move is not something they want to see. There are people in that hall who are being represented in the media as Bernie Sanders people and they are not – don’t believe what you see on TV.
“There are a lot of people here who aren’t delegates who are standing and cheering and clapping for somebody that we aren’t ready to believe in.”
There is more to this than one Sanders’ delegate’s well-founded suspicions; an ad entitled “Actors Needed for National Convention” was reportedly spotted by a large number of folks at the Philadelphia Craigslist site, and appeared there only after the massive Bernie delegate walkout on Tuesday.
Things that make you go “Hmmm…”
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr.