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Trevor Noah Asks If The DNC Is C**kblocking Bernie Sanders

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 5/04/2016 Willa Frej
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The Democratic National Committee chair couldn't help but giggle while denying claims that the committee has been "cockblocking" presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in favor of his opponent Hillary Clinton.

Many people feel that "Bernie's been cockblocked by the DNC," comedian Trevor Noah told Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) on "The Daily Show" Monday. "Is there any merit to this?"

It took a few seconds for her to compose a response. "As powerful as that makes me feel," she said, "I'm not doing a very good job at rigging the outcome or... blocking anyone from being able to get their message out."

The Sanders and Clinton teams have reportedly been trying to schedule a debate before the April 19 New York primary, but the two campaigns could not agree on a date.

When asked if she's "happy with how the race is being run right now," given that the relationship between Sanders and Clinton seems "to be growing nastier and nastier," Wasserman Schultz said any drama that exists has been created by the media.

At least the Democratic party doesn't resemble the "other side," which is "about to splinter into I don't know how many parts," she said. "We're going to come together," Wasserman Schultz added.

The DNC chair has faced criticism for only scheduling six debates, several of which fell on weekends, when viewership is normally lower. Wasserman Schultz said that someone in her position must have thick skin and "absorb the body blows so our candidates can stay above the fray."

"I want our candidates to debate every day," she told Noah. "I'm so proud of our candidates because they've talked about how to move our country forward."

Wasserman Schultz is currently campaigning for reelection and faces her first real primary challenger in her entire congressional career. Tim Canova, a progressive law professor, managed to raise more than half a million dollars in the first three months of 2016, almost a quarter of which came in following President Barack Obama's endorsement of the congresswoman. 

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