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Here's what a former Sanders campaign staffer says really went down in the DNC election

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The DNC elected a new chairman over the weekend and it wasn't the person that many Democratic voters wanted. 

Tom Perez won in the second round of voting at a winter DNC meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, on Saturday, but many progressive Democrats were rooting for Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota.

Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren had both thrown their support behind Ellison, but many establishment Democrats had backed Perez, who served as President Obama's Secretary of Labor. 

Many have compared the DNC upset to the outcome of the 2016 Democratic nomination.

Tezlyn Figaro, the former National Justice Director for Sanders' told Circa she believes that just like with Hillary Clinton's nomination, the DNC election was "rigged" from the beginning by the establishment.

"I think it was more of the same of what we saw during the election and actually during the convention. More rigging, more asking delegates to vote one way or the other," Figaro said. 

Here's what a former Sanders campaign staffer says really went down in the DNC election

The jig is up

"That was a very deliberate position to take, to make sure that this is our guy and this is who we're gonna push forward," Figaro said. "It's just unfortunate because the American public just hasn't been in on it and now the jig is up." 

President Trump also said the DNC election was "rigged." 

Here's what a former Sanders campaign staffer says really went down in the DNC election

Representing the Party 
Figaro said that while Perez may represent the Democratic party, he does not represent its diverse voter base.

"I don't even think he's representative of where the country is going," Figaro told Circa. 

Where do Democrats go from here? 

In response to Trump's tweet that the DNC election was rigged, Perez told CNN on Sunday that the Democrats' "unity as a party is our greatest strength," but Figaro said she doesn't see that unity. 

She said that no matter how many times Perez, Sanders or others in the party say that they are unified, "that doesn't make it true." 

Here's what a former Sanders campaign staffer says really went down in the DNC election

Figaro said Democratic voters are trapped in an abusive relationship with the party and now they need to decide if they are going to stay and hope for change, or "exit the relationship." 

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