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Sanders drops the gloves on DNC – Nevada State party, rebukes unjust criticisms

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders rallies 7,000 supporters in Providence, RI in April. Sanders easily won the Ocean State previously dubbed “Clinton Country.” Photo Courtesy Tracey C. O’Neill

Democratic Presidential candidate, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in a statement on Tuesday, slammed the Nevada State Democratic Committee and national party members for inciteful accusations of campaign misconduct and “a penchant for violence.”

“Within the last few days there have been a number of criticisms made against my campaign organization. Party leaders in Nevada, for example, claim that the Sanders campaign has a ‘penchant for violence.’ That is nonsense.” – U.S. Senator and Democratic Presidential Candidate, Bernie Sanders

“Our campaign has held giant rallies all across this country, including in high-crime areas, and there have been zero reports of violence. Our campaign of course believes in non-violent change and it goes without saying that I condemn any and all forms of violence, including the personal harassment of individuals,” Sanders’ campaign said in a release. “But, when we speak of violence, I should add here that months ago, during the Nevada campaign, shots were fired into my campaign office in Nevada and the apartment housing complex my campaign staff lived in was broken into and ransacked,” Sanders’ statement read.

Sanders also took the party to task for its powerplay handling and mismanagement of the state Democratic convention.

“If the Democratic Party is to be successful in November, it is imperative that all state parties treat our campaign supporters with fairness and the respect that they have earned. I am happy to say that has been the case at state conventions in Maine, Alaska, Colorado and Hawaii where good discussions were held and democratic decisions were reached. Unfortunately, that was not the case at the Nevada convention. At that convention the Democratic leadership used its power to prevent a fair and transparent process from taking place,” Sanders said. “Among other things:

The chair of the convention announced that the convention rules passed on voice vote, when the vote was a clear no-vote. At the very least, the Chair should have allowed for a headcount.

The chair allowed its Credentials Committee to en mass rule that 64 delegates were ineligible without offering an opportunity for 58 of them to be heard. That decision enabled the Clinton campaign to end up with a 30-vote majority.

The chair refused to acknowledge any motions made from the floor or allow votes on them.

The chair refused to accept any petitions for amendments to the rules that were properly submitted.”

Sanders called for the DNC establishment to open its eyes to changes in the political landscape across the country and recognize the throngs of voters turning out to participate, only to be met with discord and threats by the party, itself.

“These are on top of failures at the precinct and county conventions including trying to depose and then threaten with arrest the Clark County convention credentials chair because she was operating too fairly,” the campaign said.

“It is imperative that the Democratic leadership, both nationally and in the states, understand that the political world is changing and that millions of Americans are outraged at establishment politics and establishment economics. The people of this country want a government which represents all of us, not just the 1 percent, super PACs and wealthy campaign contributors.

“This article originally appeared on on May 17, 2016. 


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