This was just one example of a Nevada Caucus event that was handled terribly. The footage Jimmy Dore of The Young Turks and The Jimmy Dore Show was able to witness should anger anyone that cares about the Democratic process. Other Caucus events depended on card games to break ties and there were reports of many individuals registering to vote after they already voted in the Caucus.
None of this should be acceptable in a Democratic process. Unfortunately, there are many stories coming out of Nevada and there were also problems in Iowa as well. If states are going to run a Caucus there should be measures in place to make sure these embarrassing events no longer happen.
At a large caucus at the New York casino Clinton staffers were wearing red t-shirts, despite the fact that Clinton has branded blue the entire campaign. Red is if course associated with National Nurses United, has been our color for years and well known in nurses campaigning for Sanders in red scrubs, red shirts, and even our red Bernie Buses that have been prominent in early voting states.
When our nurses walked into the room with cameras and a couple press the Clinton staffers ran over to the corner and quickly changed to blue shirts.
In our view they are trying to exploit the credibility of the nurses (just as Sanders is viewed as the most trusted candidate) to deceive voters walking into the caucuses. – National Nurses United spokesperson Chuck Idelson, statement to Raw Story
National Nurses United pledged their support to Senator Sanders last year, they were able to photograph the clear violation of ethics by the Hillary Clinton supporters.
Photo of Clinton campaign pretending to be @NationalNurses in #Nevadacaucus. More deception @SymoneDSanders #1U pic.twitter.com/3G372xmtvX
— RoseAnn DeMoro (@RoseAnnDeMoro) February 20, 2016
Red alert in Nevada, Hillary caucusers switch to red to deceive voters that they are the nurses. #FeelTheBern #P2 pic.twitter.com/OCFSj1PeeI
— NationalNursesUnited (@NationalNurses) February 20, 2016
With Secretary Clinton’s likability and trustworthy numbers constantly dropping, this does not do anything to help her campaign. As time goes on in the Primary cycle, it’s very possible that the Democratic electorate may grow weary of these tactics and completely rally behind Senator Sanders. As recent polls have already suggested, Hillary Clinton trails the majority of the Republican field in a General Election, while Senator Sanders defeats them.
The following tweets recap the entire situation quite well.
@BernieSanders Shame on your supporters for depriving Spanish speaking caucus goers of info they need for full participation! #NVcaucus
— Dolores Huerta (@DoloresHuerta) February 20, 2016
Harrah's casino site- Bernie supporters chant "English-only" to stop civil rights leader @DoloresHuerta from providing Spanish translation.
— America Ferrera (@AmericaFerrera) February 20, 2016
At this point the accusations did not even make sense, exit polling suggested that Senator Sanders won among Latino voters, therefore why would they shout such derogatory messages. situation would clear up shortly thereafter.
@SusanSarandon @AmericaFerrera @Bernie2016tv Nobody disrespected her. They simply wanted a neutral translator to make it fair to everyone.
— Kaydee King (@KaydeeKing) February 21, 2016
Actress Susan Sarandon would also tweet about the video on her Twitter.
Link to the entire vid. The translation ask starts at 53:30 & mod says English Only at 55:18. NO CHANTING. https://t.co/3bxIs9eKJy
— Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon) February 21, 2016
The video proves that the chanting did not occur, Sarandon later reviled that America Ferrera (Clinton Surrogate) wasn’t even in attendance.
@DOUBTMYPROGRESS @AmericaFerrera she wasn't.
— Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon) February 21, 2016
@cin_d25 @SusanSarandon @AmericaFerrera I was also there. No one shouted English only except the moderator. I was very tuned into this.
— Gaby Hoffmann (@gabymhoffmann) February 21, 2016
Finally, outlets Raw Story, Snopes, USUncut, and others published articles deeming Huerta’s claims to be completely false.
We don't condone racism, but Snopes is now calling the original @DoloresHuerta claim FALSE: https://t.co/uIWmlVnBS8 #FeelTheBern
— People For Bernie (@People4Bernie) February 21, 2016
Now was this a mistake by Huerta or did something else come into play? Huerta is an outspoken Clinton supporter, yet a donation made several years ago from the Clinton Foundation to the Huerta Foundation is coming into question.
The Clinton Foundation gave the Huerta Foundation $100,000. Page 34 at the top. https://t.co/9b6Dt7sypR #FeelTheBern #NVDemsCaucus
— United Sandernistas! (@GeeOhPees2) February 21, 2016
While the tweet comes from someone clearly supporting Senator Sanders, the document is indeed accurate and shows the donation.
This does not prove corruption, however it does paint a bad narrative for the Clinton Campaign and that perhaps they are using their influence to get Surrogates to launch negative attacks at the Sanders camp.
If this is any indication of what’s in story for the rest of the Democratic Primary, it will continue to get increasingly nasty.