May 24, 2016

DEMOCRATS IN DISARRAY: The Hill: Dems call for unity as Sanders fuels intraparty fighting.

The call for unity comes as tensions escalated at the recent Nevada Democratic convention. The Vermont senator’s supporters were largely blamed for the convention chaos where Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) was booed, and in the days after, the chairwoman of the Nevada state party received death threats and obscene voicemail messages.

Wasserman Schultz called on Sanders to get his supporters in line. Sanders was defiant and defended his supporters. While he criticized any violence in Nevada, he blamed much of the trouble on the Democratic Party.

That provoked more criticism from Wasserman Schultz, who called Sanders’s response “anything but acceptable.”

Sanders and the DNC have had a strained relationship throughout the primary season. He has criticized the party for the number and timing of debates and also the use of superdelegates, which has given Clinton a large lead over him.But the chairwoman has reiterated that she and the DNC have remained neutral in the primary and note that the rules have been in place since before the cycle began.

This weekend, Sanders said he was throwing his support behind Tim Canova’s congressional campaign against Wasserman Schultz in the August Democratic primary in Florida. He also said if elected president, he would effectively terminate Wasserman Schultz as chairwoman of the DNC.

Stand strong, Bernie. Don’t let them intimidate you!

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