Bernie Sanders’ Statement on Nevada

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday issued the following statement about the Nevada State Convention that took place on Saturday, May 14, in Las Vegas. :

Bernie Featured 2“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.

“The Democratic Party has a choice. It can open its doors and welcome into the party people who are prepared to fight for real economic and social change – people who are willing to take on Wall Street, corporate greed and a fossil fuel industry which is destroying this planet. Or the party can choose to maintain its status quo structure, remain dependent on big-money campaign contributions and be a party with limited participation and limited energy.

“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. 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. 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 apartment housing complex my campaign staff lived in was broken into and ransacked.

“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. 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.

“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.”

Sanders’ campaign manager Jeff Weaver also had the following to say on CNN this morning:

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8 thoughts on “Bernie Sanders’ Statement on Nevada

  • May 17, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    #noapologies. #bernieorbust

  • May 17, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    An unidentified “alleged” Sander’s supporter makes a garbled threat and somehow the whole Sander’s campaign is held responsible. Really? That’s what CNN determines to be genuine and credible. And CNN calls itself a legitimate news source. Jeff Weaver didn’t even dignify that recording with a response. Good for him.

  • May 17, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    When we stand up together, and in a unified voice declare that we will not be silenced any longer, the establishment can choose to either listen and incorporate OUR voice and ideas or, THEY must expect and accept, that actions have consequences.

  • May 17, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    It has become extremely obvious that our votes are being co-opted in nefarious ways, always benefitting Hilllary’s campaign. This will not stop and they will continue to do everything they can, in illegal ways, to stop this from being a fair primary election process. It won’t matter what they agree to in the convention. They cheat and lie and we won’t vote for her. I hope you are deeply considering a third party candidacy. Otherwise, we will write you in. You can’t start a revolution and then walk away. We are behind you…all the way. I’ve been a loyal democrat since 1969. Never missed an election and never voted anything but a straight blue ticket. After the primary, I won’t be a democrat. The party is lost and in response, they’ve lost me.

  • May 17, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    I so hope something can be done about this fraudulent behavior to correct the vote count and issue the proper numbers to Bernie. So unfair and unjust.

  • May 17, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    The Hawaii Convention has not happened yet, its on the 28th and 29th of May.

  • May 17, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    The DNC is corrupt, thanks to Mz Debbie. Apparently the sleaze extends to Nevada.

  • May 17, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    Thank You

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