Bernie Blames Russia For Negative Info as Elites Blame Russia For His Rise
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.