Source: nworeport

The DNC has come under fire several times this year for seemingly altering requirements for candidates to participate in primary debates, and a new report says they are doing it again.

The DNC confirmed on Tuesday that they will forgo the rule that allowed a candidate to participate in a debate if he or she had a single pledged delegate.

The news coincides with Hawaii Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard gaining a delegate from American Samoa on Super Tuesday.

“We have two more debates– of course the threshold will go up,” DNC Communications Director Xochitl Hinojosa said on Tuesday.

“By the time we have the March debate, almost 2,000 delegates will be allocated. The threshold will reflect where we are in the race, as it always has,” she added:

Fox News reports:

Candidates who had at least one pledged delegate automatically qualified for the debates that took place in New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina earlier this year. Hinojosa did not elaborate on what the new requirements will be, but if Gabbard fails to secure more delegates in next week’s primaries, she could be left out of the next debate in Arizona on March 15.

Gabbard was a star of one of the early debates, when she took Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., to task for her record as a prosecutor. The Hawaii congresswoman once served as the DNC’s vice chairwoman but has since criticized the organization, recently blasting them for changing debate rules in a way that allowed former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg to participate while still keeping her out.

The announcement drew heavy criticism on social media, with several users accusing the DNC of shutting Gabbard out of the race.

“God forbid Tulsi gets back on the debate, right?” one asked.

“Funny how you waited, then, to make this change until *after* Tulsi earned a delegate,” another observed. “I’m not sure which I hate more, the DNC for this continued primary/debate rigging, or the voters who will just be good little sheep and vote for your corrupt party anyway.”

Another called the move “utterly corrupt,” and another mused, “Translation: We have to do everything we can do keep Tulsi off the debate stage.”

Gabbard has battled the Democrat establishment over the course of her presidential bid. She told reporters in January that CNN never gave her an explanation as to why it excluded her from its series of town halls with Democrat candidates — candidates including Deval Patrick, whose performance fell below Gabbard’s in the national polls.

The lawmaker also took aim at Karl Rove and Dana Perino on Tuesday over a Fox News segment featuring former President George W. Bush’s deputy chief of staff suggesting that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) was the only woman left in the Democrat primary race.

“.@DanaPerino I’m not quite sure why you’re telling FOX viewers that Elizabeth Warren is the last female candidate in the Dem primary,” she said, taking a shot at Warren.

“Is it because you believe a fake indigenous woman of color is ‘real’ and the real indigenous woman of color in this race is fake?” she asked:

It is more than obvious to most that the Left never plays by the rules and changes the rules to suit their needs whenever possible.


Changing the rules in what seems like a move to prevent Gabbard from appearing on the debate stage lends credence to allegations that they are rigging the primaries again.