According to a report from the Washington Free Beacon, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders claimed that Russian trolls may have been responsible for online attacks against members of Nevada’s Culinary Union.
Sanders believed that “It’s not thinkable” his supporters would harass union leaders, Sanders stated during last Wednesday’s Democrat debate in Las Vegas.
“Not being too paranoid, all of us remember 2016. And what we remember is efforts by Russians and others to try to interfere in our election and divide us up,” Sanders said during the debate. “I’m not saying that’s happening. But it would not shock me. I saw some of those tweets regarding the Culinary Workers union.”
“I have a 30 year, 100 percent pro-union voting record,” Sanders stated. “You think I would support or anybody who supports me would be attacking union leaders? It’s not thinkable.”
Sanders disavowed any attacks on union leaders and noted that members of his campaign have been subjects of online harassment.
“If there are a few people who make ugly remarks, who attack trade union leaders, I disown those people, they are not part of our movement,” he remarked.
Former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg put Sanders on the spot asking him why so many attacks seemingly come from his backers.
“At a certain point you’ve got to ask yourself, why did this pattern arise? Why is it especially the case among your supporters?” Buttigieg inquired.
“I don’t think it is especially the case,” Sanders responded.
According to Culinary Workers union officials, they received threatening phone calls and messages after they disseminated unions flyers criticizing Sanders’s Medicare for All program.
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Greg Abbott Signs Executive Order Keeping Violent Criminals from Going Back on the Streets During the Wuhan Crisis
After the Wuhan Virus was confirmed in several Texas jails in the last week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order on March 29, 2020 that makes it more difficult for several inmates to be let out on “no-cost, personal recognizance bonds.”
Abbott tweeted, “Today I issued an Executive Order preventing [email protected] of dangerous criminals from prisons & jails. We want to prevent the spread of #COVID19 among prison staff & inmates. But, releasing dangerous criminals in the streets is not the solution. #txlege #coronavirus”
Today I issued an Executive Order preventing [email protected] of dangerous criminals from prisons & jails.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 30, 2020
Several cases of the Wuhan Virus were discovered in the Dallas County Jail and Harris County Jail last week, two of the state’s largest jails. In addition, a handful of cases were confirmed in state prisons. According to NBC DFW, the virus’ outbreak was “followed by demands to reduce the inmate populations by releasing, immediately and without bond or judicial delay, those held on misdemeanor crimes or awaiting trial on misdemeanor crimes. Some also called for non-violent felons to also be released on no-cost bonds.”
Abbott said Sunday that “releasing dangerous criminals makes the state even less safe” and issued a proclamation to prevent judges, and others, from releasing some inmates without a paid, cash bond.
In his executive order, Abbott declared that a person convicted of a crime that involved or threatened physical violence, or a person arrested for such a crime backed by probable cause, or a person with a criminal history of violent crime, cannot get out of jail on a no-cost personal recognizance bond.
With a PR bond, a defendant is released without having to post any money for his or her bond on the promise they’ll show up to their next court date.
Instead of virtue signaling and buying into the criminal justice reform movement’s desire to foment anarcho-tyranny, Abbott has held his ground by promoting public order.
A crisis like the Wuhan Virus pandemic does not need to be exacerbated by opening up the prison floodgates.
This is one case where American policymakers should use logic not emotion to craft prison policies in times of a pandemic.
Failure to do so will put the U.S. on the road to institutional failure.
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