New York – The fallout from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) WikiLeaks’ e-mail scandal continues, with the revelation that DNC staff members did not want to issue a statement of remembrance for Yom Ha’Shoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, which fell this year on the evening of May 4, ending on May 5, the Daily Caller reports (http://bit.ly/2awHCNU).
“We need to do a statement from the DNC. Is there a reason we haven’t?” emailed Florida Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, the former DNC Chairwoman, to two Congressional employees and two DNC staffers with the subject heading, “Yom Ha’Shoah Statement.”
DNC Senior Communications Director Ryan Banfill forwarded Wasserman-Schultz’s request to DNC employee Kate Houghton, with the message, “Flagging for you. The chair is asking for a statement on Yom Ha’Shoah.”
Houghton responded, “We aren’t going to do statements for every Jewish holiday unless she wants to do them for every religious holiday and trust me, this Catholic can give you a list of them. Also when she does an official statement, it makes very little sense to have two statements out there in her voice.”
Banfill cheekily replied, “This is about remembering the Holocaust. Never forget.” To which Houghton wrote, “Yup. . .or Darfur or Armenia or Rwanda or Bosnia (which PS is where my husband served). Does she want us to do one for each of those other remembrance days as well?”
The disclosure of this e-mail exchange comes on the heels of another e-mail thread, wherein DNC CFO Brad Marshall alleged Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders was really an atheist, even though he is of Jewish heritage.
“It might may [sic] no difference but for KY and WVA can we get someone to ask his belief. Does he believe in a God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I think I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist.”
Since the leak, Marshall apologized for his remarks on Facebook, saying, “I deeply regret that my insensitive, emotional emails would cause embarrassment to the DNC, the Chairwoman, and all of the staffers who worked hard to make the primary a fair and open process. The comments expressed do not reflect my beliefs nor do they reflect the beliefs of the DNC and its employees. I apologize to those I offended.”