Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerFirst senator formally endorses Bass in LA mayoral bid Bass receives endorsement from EMILY's List Bass gets mayoral endorsement from former California senator MORE (D-Calif.) on Wednesday said that she felt threatened by Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats face critical 72 hours Overnight Health Care — Presented by Altria — Manchin nixes Medicare expansion Manchin shutting down Sanders on Medicare expansion MORE supporters during this weekend's Nevada Democratic convention.
“There was no way to control what was happening,” she said on CNN. "I did fear for my safety and I, fortunately, had a lot of security around me. I’ve never really had anything like this happen before.”
The Nevada convention erupted in bedlam on Saturday, with supporters of Sanders's presidential campaign loudly protesting the delegate selection process and booing Boxer, who supports Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSuper PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump I voted for Trump in 2020 — he proved to be the ultimate RINO in 2021 Neera Tanden tapped as White House staff secretary MORE.
Boxer said that she tried to defuse the situation during her convention address.
“I basically told the crowd, ‘Bernie and Hillary had asked for civility,’ ” Boxer said. "That didn’t help. I said, ‘Bernie’s a friend, he’s my good friend.' They still booed.”
Boxer said she spoke to Sanders on Tuesday evening.
“He was very distressed about it,” she said. "He expressed shock that his people would do it. It was a very warm conversation.
“I expect Bernie to get a hold of this whole situation. That’s what I expect from a leader. Bernie has shown that he is a leader in this country. We need to unite.”
The Nevada Democratic Party on Monday warned that Sanders supporters could stir up “actual violence” at the Democratic National Convention in July.
Sanders on Tuesday called those accusations “nonsense,” and maintained that the state party had treated his campaign unfairly in Nevada.
“The Democratic leadership used its power to prevent a fair and transparent process from taking place,” he said in a statement.