On the day after an alleged cyber-attack by Hillary Clinton supporters took down several pro-Bernie Sanders Facebook pages, both candidates traded a bit of nastiness.
The Sanders campaign, according to MSNBC’s Alex Seitz-Wald, issued a funding e-mail referencing an attack by Brooklyn Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, a Hillary Clinton supporter.
Jeffries said Mr. Sanders was “giving aid and comfort” to Republican presidential candidate and frontrunner Donald Trump, by not disavowing comments made by Sanders supporter Rosario Dawson.
Dawson, an actress, referenced former Clinton intern Monica Lewinsky, in a speech about cyber bullying, a cause Lewinsky often speaks out about and something the Sanders campaign has accused the Clinton campaign of.
In addition to including a photo of Hillary and Bill Clinton buddying up with Donald Trump in a social setting, the e-mail also included a request for a $3 contribution to the Sanders campaign.
Over the past few days Hillary Clinton’s campaign and some of the top supporters have launched an odd new line of attack against people like you who stand with Bernie. They are saying that by continuing to campaign and fight for every vote, for every delegate that we are helping Donald Trump.
They’ve used language reserved for traitor to our country saying we are ‘giving aid and comfort’ to Trump. They are emailing supporters with the subject line ‘What Trump loves about Bernie.’
Let me be clear; there is one candidate in this Democratic primary who Donald Trump said would make a ‘great president,’ and it’s not Bernie Sanders.
Bernie is going to fight through the narrow path we have to the nomination because there is also only one candidate who believes health care should be a right for everyone in this country, that kids of all backgrounds should be able to go to college without crushing debt, and that we cannot transform a corrupt system by taking its money
Can Bernie count on you to contribute $3 to our campaign right now as a way of saying you’re still with Bernie Sanders and believe that every vote and every delegate is an important declaration of support for the values we share?
The Clinton campaign responded with this, according to Hietz-Wald.
You know who would really love it if Bernie Sanders kept attacking HIllary all the way to the convention?
He said last week that he just LOVES it that Bernie keeps going after Hillary. When Bernie called HIllary unqualified, Trump took it as permission to do the same (and he did!) He knows that the longer this primary goes, the more time he has to build up his own campaign while we’re being attacked on two fronts.
The two campaigns square off today in five state primaries – Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.
According to www.thegreenpapers.com 2,383 delegates out of 4,765 total are needed at the Democratic National Convention (July 25-28 in Philadelphia) to nominate a presidential candidate for the party.
Hillary Clinton currently leads the race with 1,444 pledged delegates, with Bernie Sanders nipping at her heels with 1,207 pledged.
Pennsylvania is the day’s largest jewel with a total of 210 delegates up for grabs. Polling begins at 7 a.m. and ends at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.
Connecticut boasts 55 delegates with polls open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time.
Rhode Island has 33 delegates with polls open anywhere from 7 a.m. to noon, and close at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
Maryland has 118 delegates with polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time.
And Delaware will send 31 candidates to Philadelphia, with polls open in The Blue Hen State from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Eastern Standard time.