DNC replaces two Vermont delegates — because they're men
The Democratic National Convention ordered the state party of Vermont to replace two delegates — because they're men.
State Sen. Tim Ashe and party insider Ken Dean were ordered to be replaced by the DNC so that the party could achieve a gender balance. Dean and Ashe have filed a formal complaint with the DNC's credentials committee, according to the Associated Press.
Dean and Ashe were elected by the people of Vermont to serve as delegates on June 11. Everything was fine until July 5, when the DNC ordered the state party to replace the two men with women.
This is not gender balance, it's a false attempt by the DNC to make the party appear more balanced than it is. The people wanted these two men, who are both well-known and respected in the state, to go to the convention. Instead, they will be replaced by two women for the sake of gender balance.
This shows what a sham the DNC's alleged moral high ground on gender issues is. The Left constantly complains about there not being enough women in office, but neglect the fact that the people are making the decision. And the people of Vermont chose these two men, but because the DNC wants to be able to hype how diverse and inclusive it is, the men were replaced with women.
Both Dean and Ashe and the women replacing them support Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. So at least the DNC isn't also doing this to artificially elevate the number of Hillary Clinton supporters are in attendance. This was purely done so the DNC can say, "Hey, look how equal we are!" while pointing at Republicans and calling them sexist.
In reality, this is sexism. Excluding people due to their sex is the definition of sexism.
And, as Dean pointed out to the AP, superdelegates aren't being subjected to this same kind of forced balance. Eight out of 10 superdelegates from Vermont are men, and there don't appear to be any plans to swap three of them out with women.
That's because superdelegates are elected officials (in higher offices than state senator) and party leaders, not those selected by the people to represent the state. It is more difficult to kick them out.
In the long run this matters little — it's just two delegates. But it's the latest example of Democrats devaluing men in order to give the appearance of gender equality.
Remember this when the DNC touts how equal their delegate count is.