Several Democrats, unsettled by the party’s handling of the Iowa caucus results, are blasting the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and calling on Chairman Tom Perez to step down.
No precincts had reported meaningful results into Tuesday morning, sparking at worst suspicion and at best accusations of sheer incompetence from Democrats across the board.
While the Iowa Democrat Party (IDP) initially attributed the delays to “quality control” — a phrase that sparked concern on social media — the party now claims that the app in question was reporting “partial data” and blamed it on a “coding issue.”
“While the app was recording data accurately, it was reporting out only partial data,” the IDP said in a statement. “We have determined that this was due to a coding issue in the reporting system. This issue was identified and fixed.”
The statement added:
Because of the required paper documentation, we have been able to verify that the data recorded in the app and used to calculate State Delegate Equivalents is valid and accurate. Precinct level results are still being reported to the IDP. While our plan is to release results as soon as possible today, our ultimate goal is to ensure that the integrity and accuracy of the process continues to be upheld.
Nonetheless, many Democrats remain unsettled by the way the Iowa caucuses played out. Social media is peppered with Democrats blasting Perez and the DNC.
“Good job, @DNC & @TomPerez. Not only have you muffled Bernie’s victory and momentum, Trump can now use the #IowaCaucusDisaster for point scoring on how incompetent Democrats are,” one user wrote.
“America deserves better. @TomPerez must resign. The entire @DNC from the top down must resign,” one user wrote, noting the DNC’s attempts to rig the primary against Sanders in 2016 and adding, “#DNCisCorrupt.”
“In a healthy democracy, Tom Perez would resign today,” former presidential candidate Marianne Williamson (D) said.
“(As it is the results will probably never be fully determined, the DNC attitude will be ‘They’ll get over it,’ and the entire incident will hang like a cloud of uncertainty over the entire campaign),” she added:
In a healthy democracy, Tom Perez would resign today. (As it is the results will probably never be fully determined, the DNC attitude will be “They’ll get over it,” and the entire incident will hang like a cloud of uncertainty over the entire campaign.)
— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) February 4, 2020
“I’ll be glad to see Tom Perez step down from the @DNC,” left-wing activist Shaun King said.
“After a clusterfuck of an election in a state the DNC had a year to prepare for, that was preceded by the DNC changing the rules for a billionaire to buy his way into the race, the man has lost the respect of millions,” he added:
I’ll be glad to see Tom Perez step down from the @DNC.
After a clusterfuck of an election in a state the DNC had a year to prepare for, that was preceded by the DNC changing the rules for a billionaire to buy his way into the race, the man has lost the respect of millions.
— Shaun King (@shaunking) February 4, 2020
“The Iowa Caucus debacle is so insulting to the candidates, their volunteers, the caucus-goers and the DNC’s own process,” HuffPost senior reporter Zach Carter wrote. “Tom Perez has to resign”:
The Iowa Caucus debacle is so insulting to the candidates, their volunteers, the caucus-goers and the DNC's own process. Tom Perez has to resign.
— Zach Carter (@zachdcarter) February 4, 2020
— Hector for Congress NJ08 (@Oseguera2020) February 4, 2020
— Secular Talk (@KyleKulinski) February 4, 2020
How does someone run against @TomPerez?
— Mike Knoles Scientist for Senate (@KnolesMichael) February 4, 2020
“For three years we’ve worked closely with former members of Hillary’s staff, preparing for the BEST way to cheat Bernie if it looked like he was gonna win, and so we came up with an app excuse. Today our chair Tom Perez reflects on stopping the workers candidate once again” https://t.co/elHnJQUqLF
— Jimmy Dore (@jimmy_dore) February 4, 2020
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If we can help me get 100 new followers before the results of the #IowaCaucas are in, then Tom Perez needs to resign from the DNC.
— Shaniyat Chowdhury for US Congress NY5 (@Shaniyat2020) February 4, 2020
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) February 4, 2020
Only the Democrats could take the Iowa caucus where votes are cast and counted in public, inherently transparent, & introduce an App to restore black box voting. Thank you Tom Perez & Robby Mook for the new App & reminding us of all the frauds you keep covering up.
— Tim Canova (@Tim_Canova) February 4, 2020
Tom Perez should resign.
— The Gravel Institute (@GravelInstitute) February 4, 2020
Honestly this is on Obama, who spent more effort getting a rather incompetent Tom Perez to be the head of the DNC than on any other post-Presidential political effort. https://t.co/a6i3iMhYHH
— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) February 4, 2020
Zero percent of precincts in Iowa had reported results as noon approached on Tuesday.