Sanders aide: Easier to unify Democrats if Wasserman Schultz steps down

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Bernie Sanders’ campaign manager Jeff Weaver said Thursday that it would be easier for Democrats to unify if Debbie Wasserman Schultz was no longer the party chairwoman.

“I think unity in the party would be much easier to achieve if we had a consensus chair who was committed to playing the traditional role that the chairs of parties play,” Weaver said to MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell.

“The kind of conduct we saw from the chairwoman’s office over the course of this campaign really is a sticking point for a lot of people out there who support Sen. Sanders,” Weaver said.

“The millions of people out there who support Sen. Sanders, they’ve seen the finger on the scale and they’re unhappy about it.”

There is fear that anger toward Wasserman Schultz from Sanders supporters will make it more difficult to unify the party around the likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Weaver said the Sanders campaign has not been in contact with Clinton’s campaign about potentially removing Wasserman Schultz. Weaver argued that Democrats need a “consensus chair” to unify the party.

“Even when there’s sharp elbows in a primary contest, the chair of the party is looking out for the broader interests of the party to make sure the party can come together in the end,” Weaver continued. “We’ve seen repeatedly from chairwoman Wasserman Schultz that’s not the role she’s played.”