Clinton has claimed exactly the number of delegates needed to secure victory,
according the latest tally by the Associated Press,
by picking up commitments from superdelegates over the weekend.
...The Associated Press has just declared that Hillary Clinton has clinched the Democratic nomination. And the BBC and the New York Times and Politico and USA Today are all following its lead by making this their top story. The Huffington Post even says "it's official".
It is not official. At the very least, the media stating this is incorrect and misleading.
At most it is an outright lie.
Sanders issued this statement:
"It is unfortunate that the media, in a rush to judgement,
are ignoring the Democratic National Committee's clear statement
that it is wrong to count the votes of superdelegates
before they actually vote at the convention this summer."
As much as The Democratic Party would like to officially declare Hillary Clinton as the nominee, they have not done so and will not do so, because that would be breaking the law. Unless Hillary Clinton averages more than 71% of the vote in every single one of your states, she will not be the nominee on June 8th.
The real purpose of declaring the race as "officially over", the night before many hundreds of delegates are at stake, is to discourage all of YOU from going out and exercising your most important right as Americans. They hope that, if you do not vote, if you give up, then their fantasy will come true. If you stay home and do not vote, then Hillary Clinton will become the nominee in reality.
It was superdelegates that put her over the top
to gain the 2,383 needed to secure the nomination, according to the AP.
The media is trying to trick you into thinking that super-delegates already count, and they don't. They don't vote until the convention in late July. Most importantly, throughout history, when it comes down to it, a large amount of super-delegates always change their mind.
The Democratic National Committee is made up of party insiders.
A portion of the Committee are paid lobbyists.
The nominating process they have established increases the power of these "core members"
by making the total of their votes count for fifteen-percent of the total delegation.
...a candidate can receive more of the popular vote in a particular state,
and still walk away with less delegates.
This contradicts a main tenet of our democracy, namely "one person, one vote."
...the entire concept of super-delegates is in violation of the Party's own charter. That the Democratic Party is even using super-delegates, is a clear breach of contract. It is also a violation of our constitutional rights, including the 14th Amendment of Equal Protection (our vote should hold just as much weight as a super-delegate's!).