In an email written by Chief Financial Officer Brad Marshall and leaked by the DNC hacker Guccifer 2.0 to WikiLeaks, it appears the DNC was ready to try and out Bernie Sanders, a Jewish presidential candidate, as an atheist in the hopes of forcing him to lose primaries in Kentucky and West Virginia.
While the emails, sent before the afformentioned primaries, don’t name Sanders personally, they do talk about a man of “Jewish heritage” that Marshall said he believed was an atheist.
“It might may 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,” the email reads.
While Sanders has said time and again he isn’t religious, he has never said he is an atheist. Many do believe he is, but for obvious political reasons in this country would feel that if he is, it would be damaging to say so.
Obviously, the DNC knows this and to out him publicly could do a lot to damage the successful campaign he was running against Clinton at the time.
Since that time, Sanders has officially endorsed Hillary Clinton, though, he has not officially dropped out of the campaign.