On Tuesday, Senator and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren joined Joe Biden in hammering socialist Bernie Sanders and his supporters, calling them a “foundation of hate.”
During an interview with NBC News, Warren said that Sanders “has a lot of questions to answer” on why his supporters are acting out and expressing their hateful views.
“I’ve said before that we are all responsible for what our supporters do, and I think Bernie has a lot of questions to answer here,” Warren said to reporters. “I am particularly worried about what happened in the attacks on members of the culinary union, particularly on the women in leadership.”
“The whole notion of publishing their personal addresses, their phone numbers, and then making very aggressive threats against their own safety and the safety of their families,” Warren also noted while referring to how supporters of Sanders’ treated members of the Nevada Culinary Union, who wouldn’t endorse him. “That is not how we build an inclusive Democratic Party. We do not build on a foundation of hate.”
Warrens comments were very similar to Biden’s who called Sanders supporters “vicious” and “misogynistic” while also comparing them to Trump supporters.
“I know you’ve seen what’s been online,” Biden said on Monday. “The vicious, vicious threats and things they’ve said, the misogynistic things they’ve said, referring to the women who are leaders of the Culinary Union and the things that they’ve said about them. And, actually, they’ve received death threats.”
“I mean, this is way, way — this is Trump-like — way over the line,” Biden added, while urging Sanders to condemn the comments. “And I think Bernie has to be — he has to disavow this. He has to say, ‘I disassociate, I don’t want any of those people being with me.’ Can you imagine if my supporters did that what should be expected of me? I’m not saying Bernie won’t do it, he hasn’t done it yet.”
Biden is right considering Sanders has not condemned the actions of his supporters and has instead blamed those attacking him by stating that the urges for an apology are “nonsense.”
“Within the last few days, there have been a number of criticisms made against my campaign organization,” Sanders said in a statement. “Party leaders in Nevada, for example, claim that the Sanders campaign has a ‘penchant for violence’. That is nonsense.”
“[W]hen we speak of violence,” Sanders added, “I should add here that months ago, during the Nevada campaign, shots were fired into my campaign office in Nevada and an apartment housing complex my campaign staff lived in was broken into and ransacked.”
The Daily Wire highlights what Biden was referring to. Check out what they had to say:
Biden, though, is referring to a torrent of abusive — and even threatening — emails, social media messages, and phone calls, directed at the Nevada Culinary Workers Union which, last week, refused to endorse a candidate in the upcoming primary, and released a statement in both English and Spanish chastizing Sanders for his “Medicare for All” plan. The statement noted that such a “universal” health care plan would supercede any union-endorsed private healthcare plan and lay waste to union contracts.
The New York Times reports, though, that Sanders’ vicious army of supporters has been “directing its ire” at the Nevada Democratic party, as well as “its chairwoman, Roberta Lange — over a state convention on Saturday that they think was emblematic of a rigged political system” — and not just online.
Apparently, “60 of Mr. Sanders’s potential delegates were deemed ineligible amid a dispute over the rules,” and it triggered a fierce backlash: “[t]he convention concluded abruptly after security staff no longer felt it could ensure the safety of the participants, many of whom were yelling and throwing things.”
Sanders recently took the lead over Joe Biden in Nevada poll but the pair remain within most polls’ margins of error and Nevada is a notoriously difficult state to assess, given how distant many caucus-goers are from major cities and how skeptical many Nevada voters are of media.
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