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in Hand, They Demanded a “Fair” Vote
The night before the just-completed Nevada Caucuses, the Nevada State Democratic Party Chair had to call the police. A group of irate Sanders supporters were causing a commotion. They were implying that the upcoming caucuses had better be fair, harkening back to the 2016 defeat by Hillary Clinton. The DNC’s ever-changing rules, “super-delegates” and biased financing priorities had more to do with it than any state’s party chair.
The “Bernie Bros” have already accosted Democratic Party officials in California. The leader there was a hispanic woman, so the “Bros” are at least equal-opportunity. Bullying for political purposes is a hallmark of Socialists, of both the National and International kinds. Venezuelans are subject to it, as are Chinese and North Koreans.
A Pattern of
Intimidation – More to Come?
No arrests have
been made yet, as the rowdy protesters usually leave before that can
happen. The Sanders Campaign doesn’t seem to have any control over
some of their supporters. They have publicly disavowed any bullying
or threatening behavior. Far from bringing Party Unity like Sanders
wishes, he seems to be the symbol of factionalization.
The tactics don’t end at the doors of Party officials, either. Online bullying and smear campaigns are rampant. One staffer was recently fired, according to Politico, when he called various candidates names and made disparaging remarks from a fake Twitter account. Can Antifa-level behavior be far behind?
The Primaries are in full
swing now, more of these incidents are likely to occur. State
Democratic Parties are making preparations. All candidates are aware
of the issue. The question is will they now turn ugly on each other
or suck it up for party cohesiveness? It only takes a few
over-zealous yahoos to ruin any chances for their candidates. It
should be interesting to see.
Karl Donaldson is an editor and writer for NRN. Partial to his two cats, he lives in New Hampshire with his wife and a veritable menagerie of his wife's creatures.