This is what happens when you rig your own primary election, rather than let the voters decide on their own.
Favorable views of the Democratic Party are at their lowest mark in over 25 years.
From a new CNN poll:
Only 37% of Americans have a favorable opinion of Democrats, down from 44% in March of this year. A majority, 54%, have an unfavorable view, matching their highest mark in polls from CNN and SSRS, CNN/ORC and CNN/USA Today/Gallup stretching back to 1992.
The rating includes low favorable ratings from some core Democratic groups, including nonwhites (48%) and people under 35 years old (33%). The numbers come amid recent feuds and divisions in the Democratic Party, as former interim chair Donna Brazile's new book has unveiled new questions about infighting during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The results come as voters across the country head to the polls for local and mayoral races, as well as several key governors races.
Bombshell allegations from former DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile that the Democratic primary was rigged in Hillary Clinton's favor is likely hurting Democrats' mainstream appeal. The vast majority of young Democratic voters supported Bernie Sanders and now no longer trust the Party's establishment. Tom Perez, the current Chair of the DNC, can't afford to lose young voters who have been critical in electing Democrats into office at every level.
Perhaps these statistics will serve as a wakeup call to the leaders of the Democratic Party, who continue to be in denial about why they lost the 2016 election.
Calling Republicans racists and leading the #Resist movement aren't enough to mobilize millions of voters to turn out for Democratic candidates. The left must come up with uplifting, unifying policy stances if they ever hope to inspire their large pool of potential voters.
But the left's actions and rhetoric over past year suggest that they remain as clueless as they did the day Donald Trump was elected.