Gravel is one of several former Democrats turned off by the Democratic Party or the Clinton campaign, some even before the emails from the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign were published by Wikileaks or the undercover videos from James O'Keefe which seem to show subcontractors to the Clinton campaign promoting voter fraud.
Gravel, a life-long Democrat until 2008, the year he entered the race for the Democratic presidential nomination along with fellow Senators Hillary Clinton, Barrack Obama, and John Edwards, agrees with Donald Trump that the electoral system "is rigged, but what else is new? That's why voters are so disillusioned." Gravel says his 2008 candidacy was torpedoed by the Democratic establishment much as Bernie Sanders' campaign was, when General Electric chairman Jeff Immelt excluded him from NBC's presidential primary debates (NBC was owned by GE), because of his opposition to nuclear power. (Gravel now promotes a Constitutional amendment to create direct democracy, and is soured on the possibilities of elections. He quotes a saying attributed to Mark Twain: "If voting made any difference they wouldn’t let us do it.")
"I learned nothing new from the emails that I didn't already know about the Clintons," Terry Michael, a Capitol Hill Democratic press spokesman for 17 years.. "Together, they comprise an unbridled bundle of naked ambition." Michael was a Democratic press person for most of his career, working for the lIlinois House Democrats from 1973-74; for the late Sen. Paul Simon, during Simon's first five years in the U.S. House; for the late Cong. Bob Matsui, from 1981-83; and for the Democratic National Committee, where he worked from 1983-87, before serving as communications director for Simon's campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination and founding the Association of House Democratic Press Assistants.
"Our nation needs to heal. We want to heal. We want peace between the races. We want to make sure that our youth, whether they're white, back, Hispanic, have jobs. We want to make sure that the Supreme Court, you know, that the constitution is protected. Those are American issues. That has absolutely nothing to do with your race. That's to protect this nation."