Despite Hillary Clinton officially becoming her party’s nominee, Democrats were far from unified yesterday with Bernie Sanders’ supporters continuing their protests against the embattled nominee. Nevada’s delegation remained divided with the Sanders contingent joining a walkout after being “shoved or targeted by snippy comments”. The Las Vegas Sun Reports:
“Angie Morelli, a Sanders delegate, stood outside the glass walls of the pavilion holding up a peace sign. She said the Nevada group hadn’t planned to participate in the walkout but mobilized after members of their delegation had a “rough day today,” with some being shoved or targeted by snippy comments. She said the Sanders delegates were “obviously pretty upset” over the voice vote and Clinton’s being elected the nominee. She said she felt Sanders was forced into making a voice vote, and that it looked like he “clearly didn’t want to be doing that.” (“Clinton wins historic nomination — with a boost from rival Sanders”, Las Vegas Sun, Megan Messerly, July 26, 2016)
Despite the clearly unresolved divisions in her state’s delegation, Catherine Cortez Masto has remained noticeably silent on the actions of Sanders’ supporters. This was not the case in May when she condemned Sanders’ supporters and demanded the Vermont socialist apologize after she was booed at the Nevada Democratic Convention for backing Clinton. Her own communications director took to Twitter to attack prominent Sanders supporters like Erin Bilbray, calling her “beyond a parody of herself”.
While she may have chosen to dodge her party’s convention in person, it seems odd for a major Clinton supporter like Cortez Masto to remain silent on the Sanders’ crowd’s protests when even Hollywood celebrities have weighed in. Will she condemn their refusal to accept Hillary Clinton’s nomination, or will she be content with Sarah Silverman and Susan Sarandon’s comments on the matter?
–John Burke, Nevada Republican Party Director Of Rapid Response