It was a stroke of genius. Fourth generation warfare revolves around government legitimacy and Hillary, should she win, will begin her term already crippled. This can already be seen in stories such as this one from Hot Air entitled "Why Bernie Sanders Never Had A Chance," which suggests that Hillary's nomination today was the result of a deal struck with Obama back in 2008. Sure it may be speculation, but as the author points out:
Speculation can run rampant, especially on a weekend after a political convention that was manipulated to make sure that the Bernie Sanders people got screwed over every which way possible.
When you look back at this chain of events, post-DNC hacking scandal, it sure is a lot easier to understand why there was a thumb, a fist, hell, a side of beef, on the scale against Bernie Sanders and his supports in the 2016 primary cycle.
Bernie voters, you sad saps, you never had a chance. Now, we can reasonably suspect that the chance you didn’t have goes back eight years. We can also deduce that the Democratic Party is a top-down organization, not a grassroots organization. They claim to be, of course, but the power at the top has nothing to do with the will of the people in its base. It’s a club where only the opinions of a couple of members count.Worse, for Hillary, is that the revelation of DNC favoritism spurs others to dig into the DNC's and Hillary's dirty laundry. Stories that otherwise would never see the light of day are now going to be freely published. For instance, The Daily Kos reports that "Election Justice USA Study Finds that Without Election Fraud Sanders Would Have Won by Landslide." The authors of the study concluded:
Based on this work, Election Justice USA has established an upper estimate of 184 pledged delegates lost by Senator Bernie Sanders as a consequence of specific irregularities and instances of fraud. Adding these delegates to Senator Sanders’ pledged delegate total and subtracting the same number from Hillary Clinton’s total would more than erase the 359 pledged delegate gap between the two candidates. EJUSA established the upper estimate through exit polling data, statistical analysis by precinct size, and attention to the details of Democratic proportional awarding of national delegates. Even small changes in vote shares in critical states like Massachusetts and New York could have substantially changed the media narrative surrounding the primaries in ways that would likely have had far reaching consequences for Senator Sanders’ campaign.The Daily Kos author finishes his article: " So, at the end of the day, Ralph Nader was right: She did win by dictatorship."
The result is incidents like that in Colorado Springs, where Trump supporters began chanting "lock her up," in reference to Clinton, and anti-Trump demonstrators joined in with the chant.