Any hopes that party leaders had for a smooth Democratic National Convention were all but dashed last weekend with the relase of a cache of 19,000 emails that confirmed that some high-ranking party officials were working to influence the primary voters in Hilary Clinton's favor, outraging those who believed that their votes could influence the party's course.
The revelation by WikiLeaks laid bare the deep divisions between the neoliberal and progressive factions of the Democratic Party as the convention heads into its second evening. Meanwhile – surrounding the convention hall – leftists, labor organizers, and social movements swarmed into the streets to protest the party's policies on war, fracking, free trade policies, labor issues, and police killings across the country. Already, this convention is shaping up to be the Democrats' most contentious since 1968, when antiwar protesters clashed with Chicago police outside, while Democrats bickered inside, almost coming to blows.
But on a more molecular level, Sanders supporters – who have been moved to both white-hot rage and anguished tears at the DNC once it became apparent that the one-time contender is backing Hillary Clinton – say that the next few days mirrors a battle for the soul of the Democratic Party, and perhaps even more, raises a vexing question about the duopolistic political system in the U.S. today: who will represent the people?
teleSUR takes a look at a party in disarray that is desperately attempting to seek some basis of unity in the face of deflated internal morale and the right-wing electoral juggernaut represented by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.