Daily Show host Trevor Noah pushed Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz on Monday on not only her party’s use of “superdelegates,” but the allegations that she is stacking the race for the party’s presidential nomination against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
“A lot of people feel that Bernie Sanders … is being c*ckblocked by the DNC. Is there any merit to this?” he asked, drawing a cheer from the audience.
“As powerful as that makes me feel, I’m not doing a very good job of rigging the outcome or blocking anyone from being able to get their message out,” she replied. “The reality is that I have a job as national party chair that is one that requires a thick skin. It requires me to be able to absorb the body blows so our candidates can stay above the fray.”
Noah got a bigger applause when he brought up the topic of “superdelegates.”
“I know you didn’t start this, but doesn’t the idea of a superdelegate go against the very fact that people should be voting for the people who represent them at the [national] convention?” he asked.
“We’ve had superdelegates since I graduated in high school in 1984,” she said, before Noah noted that he was born that year. Wasserman-Schultz then said that the “activists, elected officials and other leaders” who are a part of that process have never determined the party’s presidential nominee.
“It’s voters that can and should determine that outcome, and they always have,” she continued. “We have activists who are also a part of that process.”
By comparison, she said, her Republican counterpart Reince Priebus is wishing for a “magic pill” to solve the problem with his party’s candidates.
“From our standpoint, I want them debating every day,” she said of Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, while Priebus wants the GOP field “to debate never, because every time they open their mouth, they do something to alienate somebody else.”
As the Daily Beast reported, Wasserman-Schultz has also come under criticism for cutting back on Democratic debates or scheduling them on weekends.
Watch the interview, as posted online by the Beast, below.