Supporters of Bernie Sanders went on the attack this weekend after a contentious Democratic state convention in Nevada, as a handful responded to perceived mistreatment by the party by leaving death threats for state party chair Roberta Lange.
Now many of those leaving the crude and threatening messages are speaking out, explaining their reasoning for lashing out and some apologizing for their actions.
The death threats were sparked by a convention this past Saturday in which supporters claim they were treated unfairly by the Nevada Democratic Party. Sanders had fewer delegates seated at the convention, and ended up losing two pledged delegates his campaign had been able to steal away from Clinton at the Clark County convention last month.
Many Bernie Sanders fans followed the convention live through videos broadcast on Periscope, showing the convention descending into madness as his supporters grew increasingly vocal about what they believed was the party ignoring their calls for a recount. Attendees booed speakers and one even raised a chair as if to throw it before security was able to wrestle it away.
Angry supporters also found the personal cell phone number of Roberta Lange, the chair who was the target of their rage at the convention, and soon her voicemail and text messages were filled with threats. The Nevada Democratic party shared some of those messages publicly, including the contact information for the people leaving them, and Rolling Stone tracked down a number of them.