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DNC apologizes to Bernie Sanders

Supporters of former US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders hold signs at a rally at City Hall in Philadelphia on Monday, as Democrats gather to formally annoint Hillary Clinton as their candidate for the November presidential election at the Democratic National Convention. / NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

PHILADELPHIA — Hours before Bernie Sanders addresses the Democratic convention — and as his delegates remain angered because of the Democratic National Committee email leaks — DNC incoming interim chair Donna Brazile and other top DNC officers apologized. The Wikileaks emails revealed DNC staffers plotting against Sanders to favor Hillary Clinton

Below, the statement . . .

DNC Statement on Released Emails

“On behalf of everyone at the DNC, we want to offer a deep and sincere apology to Senator Sanders, his supporters, and the entire Democratic Party for the inexcusable remarks made over email. These comments do not reflect the values of the DNC or our steadfast commitment to neutrality during the nominating process. The DNC does not — and will not — tolerate disrespectful language exhibited toward our candidates. Individual staffers have also rightfully apologized for their comments, and the DNC is taking appropriate action to ensure it never happens again.

“We are embarking on a convention today that — thanks to the great efforts of Secretary Clinton, her team, Senator Sanders, his team, and the entire Democratic Party — will show a forward-thinking and optimistic vision for America, as compared to the dark and pessimistic vision that the GOP presented last week in Cleveland. Our focus is on electing Hillary Clinton, Tim Kaine and Democrats across the country, thanks to Democratic Party that is strong, unified, and poised for victory in November.”

Donna Brazile, Incoming Interim Chair

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Secretary

Andrew Tobias, Treasurer

Raymond Buckley, Vice Chair, ASDC President

Maria Elena Durazo, Vice Chair

Mayor R.T. Rybak, Vice ChairHenry R. Muñoz III, National Finance Committee Chair

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