No, Bernie supporters, you weren't cheated
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America suffers from a headline problem. I don't mean that our headlines are disturbing, which they often may be; I mean that too few people ever read beyond them.

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014), the average American 15 and over spends two hours and forty-nine minutes watching TV every day and only 19 minutes reading for leisure. Basically, most Americans rarely take the time to read and investigate. Headlines are often about as deep as they go.

At the Democratic convention, we've seen protestors with the words "Silenced by the DNC [Democratic National Committee]" taped over their mouths and plenty of "Bernie or bust" people evidently convinced that they were somehow "cheated."

GOP nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos claims he was pressured to sign plea deal Tlaib asking colleagues to support impeachment investigation resolution Trump rips 'Mainstream Media': 'They truly are the Enemy of the People' MORE is loving it. He's encouraged the idea that Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersHere's why Biden, Bernie and Beto are peaking Senate gears up for Green New Deal vote Overnight Energy: Green New Deal vote set to test Dem unity | Renewables on track to phase out coal, study finds | EPA chief reportedly recuses himself from mine review MORE (Vt.) and his people were somehow undone by an unfair system, tweeting, "Leaked e-mails of DNC show plans to destroy Bernie Sanders. Mock his heritage and much more. On-line from Wikileakes, really vicious. RIGGED."

But have the emails, as of yet, actually shown any evidence of "rigging"? So far, the answer to that is "no."

First off, one has to understand the difference between "rigging" and preference. Many of the supposedly revealing emails took place after Sanders had already clearly been defeated but was yet to drop out. They were more an expression of exasperation with the continuing process than an effort to derail him.

In fact, though there are some insulting and even concerning emails (such as the one that questions Sanders's faith), there is no evidence of any actual collusion. Even from the much-pilloried Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (R-Fla.), the outgoing chair of the DNC, the worst thing to materialize so far is an email in which she calls Sanders's campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, a "damn liar." Out of 19,000 emails, is that all there is?

Another email shows a Clinton attorney claiming that Sanders isn't doing his fair share of fundraising for the party and asking for the DNC to intervene. Again, no big shocker.

There's also an email, from the Mid-Atlantic Finance Director Alexandra Shapiro, that criticizes President Obama for not helping more with fundraising. Is the DNC against him, too?

The fact of the matter is that Sanders was an independent socialist up until he decided to run for president in the Democratic primaries. It should come as no surprise that some people saw him as a Johnny-come-lately who was interfering and making it tougher to defeat Trump.

But disliking someone and cheating him are two completely different things.

Sanders received over 13 million votes. Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPapadopoulos claims he was pressured to sign plea deal Here's why Biden, Bernie and Beto are peaking The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Dems look for traction following Barr-Mueller findings MORE received about 3.5 million more. She won approximately 55 percent of the popular vote. The emails, despite their offensive content, do not in any way show that there was any sort of election tampering. And certainly there is no evidence that Hillary Clinton herself in any way tried to cause any sort of tampering. At worst, she lobbied to limit the amount of debates and to influence the times they took place. But lobbying for what you want is nothing new in Washington.

I like Sanders — I truly do. I think he's a good man and maybe a great one. He's brought issues to the fore this campaign that others haven't, and he has the courage of his convictions.

One of those convictions is that Trump is a madman who in no way belongs in the White House.

And surely Trump is reveling in the Democrats' disunity. A recent tweet: "Wow, the Republican Convention went so smoothly compared to the Dems total mess." And for those Sanders supporters who think he welcomes them, he had this to say: "There is no longer a Bernie Sanders 'political revolution.' He is turning out to be a weak and somewhat pathetic figure, wants it all to end!"

Bernie Sanders is a smart man; he has a very good sense of what's best for this country. Right now, he feels that Hillary Clinton would make the best choice for president, especially considering the bigoted joke of a candidate the other side has put up. It's time for Sanders's supporters to realize the same thing.

Rosenfeld is an educator and historian who has done work for Scribner, Macmillan and Newsweek.


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