'It Was a Rigged System': Caldwell & Dem Strategist Debate Influence of Superdelegates After DNC Vote
Fox News political analyst Gianno Caldwell said Sunday on "Fox & Friends" that had it not been for superdelegates, there may have been a totally different outcome to the 2016 presidential election.
"The Democratic National Committee voted Saturday to limit the influence of superdelegates -- part of a series of changes to the presidential nominating process to reunite the party after a fractious 2016 primary process."
Democratic strategist Jason Nichols said that the vote was an important move in order to restore confidence of younger members of the Democratic Party.
He said that Hillary Clinton won the 2016 Democratic primary nomination "fair and square," and that superdelegates have never influenced an election.
Superdelegates are high-profile members of a political party like governors and members of Congress, and they represent 15 percent of the delegate count overall.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., blamed superdelegates in 2016 for swaying the nomination in favor of Clinton, causing outrage among his supporters.
"Moving forward, we have to make sure that the party is inclusive not only of young people but also the people who are feeling disenfranchised ... particularly people of color," Nichols said.
Caldwell said that Democrats needed to "get their house in order" and provide more fairness to the election process.
"Honestly, had it not been for the superdelegate process, we [may have] had a different outcome when it came to the presidential election," Caldwell said.
In a statement, DNC Chair Tom Perez said that the move is "historic."
"We passed major reforms that will not only put our next presidential nominee in the strongest position possible, but will help us elect Democrats up and down the ballot, across the country,” Perez said.
Nichols said that Caldwell was "flatly wrong" in his statement.
"He's wrong here. Superdelegates ... never really decided an election," he said.
Caldwell responded by saying the issue isn't about superdelegates deciding an election.
"It's about momentum, and that's what gave Hillary Clinton the momentum" he said. "We can all agree that that plays a huge part. ... It was a rigged system."
Watch the discussion above.