Nevada Democratic Chairwoman Roberta Lange has been on the receiving end of hateful messages from angry Bernie Sanders fans.
Lange recently declined a rule change that would have benefited Sanders and some of his more aggressive supporters are fighting her decision by threatening and insulting her.
“It’s been vile,” Lange reportedly told the New York Times. “It’s been threatening messages, threatening my family, threatening my life, threatening my grandchild.”
Texts sent to Nevada Democratic Party chairwoman Roberta Lange from Bernie Sanders supporters: pic.twitter.com/mItacvpUkU— Scott Bixby (@scottbix) May 17, 2016
Just last Saturday, the party held a convention at the Paris Las Vegas hotel where nearly 60 Sanders delegates were found ineligible. Infuriated Sanders supporters lashed out by reportedly yelling and throwing things causing the casino to shut down the convention and ask everyone to leave.
The party released a statement about the incident to CNN:
“At approximately 10:00 p.m. on Saturday night, the director of security for the Paris Las Vegas Hotel informed the state party and representatives from both presidential campaigns that the property could no longer provide the necessary security under conditions made unruly and unpredictable. Paris Las Vegas Hotel security requested a prompt conclusion to the event.”
Since Saturday’s fiasco, Gawker reports that Lange has received “thousands of phone calls” and “as many as three text messages per minute” with crass and harsh notes.
This type of reprehensible behavior is not what Sanders’ campaign stands for.
While voter disenfranchisement is a frustrating issue that rightfully angers people who want their voices to be heard, this type of harassment is not the way to effectively incite the change you want.
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