Several days after the Nevada State Convention, Bernie Sanders finally released a statement about it. In his statement, he revealed that prior to the first precinct caucuses, his Nevada campaign office was targeted by a shooter and that someone had broken into campaign staffers’ nearby apartments.
The surprising revelation comes directly on the heels of the state’s Democratic Party and the DNC both accusing Sanders delegates of committing acts of violence and thuggery at the convention. Despite a wealth of video evidence to the contrary, mainstream media continues to spin Sanders in a negative light, forcing him to go on the defensive.
Yet Sanders didn’t just go on the defensive, he turned the tables on them all. In his press release, he stated what most of his supporters already know: that the Nevada state delegates were essentially robbed of their right to a democratic, ethically run convention.
“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.”
He stated that out of all the events he has held, including those in high-crime areas, there have been no reported incidents of violence. He then condemned violence of any kind, including personal harassment. Then came the kicker.
“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 staff lived in was broken into and ransacked.”
The incident occurred in early January, before the Nevada precinct caucuses. The bullet hole was discovered on the same day Sanders visited the site. Sanders did not reveal if his campaign had discovered the culprit, but if the break-in of his staffers’ apartments points to something more sinister than mere burglary, someone was looking for something.
This was not reported in mainstream media news and was only given a short blurb in local papers. Speculation has arisen that corporate media ignored news of the attack, but it may have been Sanders himself who held off giving the incident national exposure.
As reported in the Inquisitr, Bernie Sanders did not receive Secret Service protection until one month later, in February. So the decision not to go national with the shooting and apartment break-ins could have been a self-preservation tactic to prevent copycat attacks until he had secured Secret Service protection.
Campaign manager Jeff Weaver’s statement to the Las Vegas Sun after the incident seems to confirm this theory.
“It is being investigated by the appropriate authorities. Beyond that, we generally don’t like to talk about security matters. We’ll just leave it there — just to say it’s a serious concern.
Corporate media is having a field day strategically editing live streamed videos of Sanders delegates angrily shouting at the convention. The Associated Press is just one of several guilty parties accusing Sanders delegates throwing chairs into a crowd.
However, a full video posted to Twitter shows what really happened: A man lifted a chair over his head and he was surrounded by other individuals. They set the chair down and hugged it out. No one threw a chair.
— BernieForThePeople (@Bernie4People) May 17, 2016
Reports of fights breaking out have been debunked with raw footage as well.
The state party drew up a letter aimed at putting the blame squarely on Sanders delegates, despite the brazen corruption and patently undemocratic leadership committed by Nevada Convention chair Roberta Lange.
Bradley S. Schrager, an attorney for the Nevada State Democratic Party, penned the complaint against the Sanders campaign alleging violence and threats of violence against Lange after her heavy-handed behavior as convention chair.
Schrager claimed that the Sanders campaign has officially, purposefully created tension and resentment in the party. He accused the 64 disenfranchised delegates of not even bothering to register for the convention, although several of those showed proof they were, indeed, registered and properly credentialed. He went on to say that Bernie Sanders and his campaign are directly responsible for the behavior of his delegates because of his political message.
“All that mattered was the creation of a narrative of fraud and dispossession, which the Sanders Campaign fomented intentionally for its own political gain.”
Schrager’s complaint letter includes screen captures of text messages allegedly sent to Lange after the convention, but none indicate they are from Sanders supporters. And it also appears that Schrager doxxed them, as their phone numbers are clearly visible at the top of each message.
— JOHNFENOGLIO (@JOHNFENOGLIO) May 18, 2016
Angie Morelli, a Nevada delegate who won a seat at the National Convention, issued a press release concerning the convention and the behavior of Robert Lange and other Democratic Party officials.
“The trouble began when Lange opened the convention and moved to approve her own self-written temporary rules of order, which had been the subject of some controversy. Although video suggests that the voice vote to approve the rules was overwhelmingly against, she nonetheless called the motion as passed, inciting the first disruption of the convention. Later, although Sanders delegates were able to raise multiple petitions with double the amount required signatures to bring motions to the floor, Lange refused to hear the motions, causing more frustration among Sanders supporters.”
This was a common theme throughout the convention: Sanders delegates raised motions, Lange ignored them and refused to listen to anyone who raised questions about her leadership.
Since Sanders’ press release concerning the shooting and break-in, corporate media has remained silent on the matter, continuing to focus on the behavior of Sanders delegates at the Nevada State Convention. The DNC is also scolding Sanders, with Debbie Wasserman-Schultz calling his response “unacceptable.” Yet, while the DNC rigs the election, they expect Sanders and his supporters to sit quietly by and accept it. In Schrager’s own words, all that matters is to advance their narrative, but it is they who are fomenting resentment and not vice versa.
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