As the Democratic primary race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders grows uglier, Democratic National Committee officials have reached out to Sanders to offer concessions in hopes of heading off strife and even violence at the convention in July.
Should the DNC give Sanders what he wants at the convention? Or would they be appeasing what many consider threatening demands?
Sanders plans to demand concessions at the convention on key planks of the Democratic platform, like the minimum wage and the party's stance on Palestine. He and his officials are angry that Clinton supporters like Barney Frank and Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy are heading important committees at the convention. He threatens to make trouble in Philadelphia if more of his loyalists aren't given seats on the platform, rules and credentials committees.
Many Democratic chairmen urged DNC leaders to give Sanders the concessions he seeks, in order to allow his constituency a visible seat at the table. Other Democrats are disgusted with what they see as Sanders' strong-arming behavior — pointing out that he's never even been a Democrat.