Hillary Clinton is being accused of some dirty campaign tricks in Indiana. A handful of voters are claiming they have received phone calls stating that Bernie Sanders is dropping out of the race, which he is not.
The allegations made their way around Facebook and Twitter starting on Thursday night, and from there, they were picked up by some alternative media sources. Actual proof of the allegation was hard to come by, however.
The allegations that Hillary Clinton is engaging in dirty campaigning in Indiana is, at least at this point, something of a game of political telephone. There are a number of sources reporting that the calls are being made, but so far there is no evidence of the calls themselves. And, more importantly, there is no concrete evidence whatsoever that if the calls are being made, they are originating from the Hillary Clinton campaign or one of her affiliated Super PACs.
YouTube political commentator Tim Black reported on the allegations, sharing the story of Clinton’s alleged calls to Indiana residents.
Black noted that this is not the first time in the 2016 presidential primaries that one camp has been accused of telling voters that a rival is dropping out of the race.
“Breaking News: Reports of Bernie Sanders possible voters being contacted by Hillary Clinton campaign and being told Bernie Sanders is no longer in the race. That’s right! Robocalls telling voters Bernie Sanders has dropped out of the primary race. This of course is a LIE. This is the same garbage Ted Cruz pulled on Dr. Ben Carson back in Iowa.”
There was much more proof of this previous allegation. Breitbart obtained audio of the actual phone call to a Cruz precinct captain on the night of the Iowa caucus. The call came about half an hour after the caucus began, claiming that Ben Carson had taken a “leave of absence from the campaign trail,” and that they should tell Carson voters not to “waste a vote on Ben Carson.”
A second voicemail was traced back to a Ted Cruz volunteer hotline, though it’s not clear if it was officially authorized or not.
This is not the first time that Hillary Clinton’s camp has been accused of engaging in some dirty tricks in the campaign for the Democratic nomination. Earlier in April, the Sanders team sent a letter to the Democratic National Committee and chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz questioning whether Clinton has illegally benefited from a joint fundraising committee known as the Hillary Victory Fund.
“The Hillary Victory Fund has reported receiving several individual contributions in amounts as high as $353,400 or more, which is over 130 times the $2,700 limit that applies for contributions to Secretary Clinton’s campaign,” the letter read.
But, there have also been more shadowy accusations against Hillary Clinton, often with little to no backing. After Clinton’s big win in the New York primary, many Sanders supporters claimed there was a conspiracy to suppress Sanders voters across the state, especially in Brooklyn, where close to 125,000 voters were taken off the rolls shortly before the election.
Many took this to be the work of the Hillary Clinton campaign, with The Horn News writing a story titled “Massive Clinton voter fraud in NY” that had no evidence of voter fraud or any proof of involvement from the Clinton campaign.
The allegations that Hillary Clinton’s campaign is calling voters in Indiana to tell them Bernie Sanders has dropped out of the race would seem a bit overkill, if true. FiveThirtyEight gives Clinton a 91 percent chance to win Tuesday’s contest in Indiana, even without any dirty tricks. Clinton has even chosen not to run ads in the upcoming states, Indiana included, as she turns her focus to Donald Trump and the general election race to come.
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