Sanders supporters cancel Clinton protest
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Supporters of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Campaign Report: US officials say Russia, China are looking to sow discord in election Warren urges investment in child care workers amid pandemic Progressive candidate Bush talks about her upset primary win over Rep. Clay MORE (I-Vt.) canceled a planned rally Monday to protest Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports Trump brushes off view that Russia denigrating Biden: 'Nobody's been tougher on Russia than I have' Kanye West 'not denying' his campaign seeks to damage Biden MORE, NBC News reported.

Ellen Faden, who created a local chapter of the Sanders-aligned group Our Revolution in Hazlet, N.J., created an event to protest Clinton’s March 29 speech at Rutgers University. She reportedly expected only a small turnout, but the event quickly spread on social media, NBC reported. 

Democrats and Sanders's senior adviser, Jeff Weaver, condemned the event and called for it to be canceled.


“Our Revolution and Senator Sanders operate independently,” Weaver told NBC in a statement. “That being said, this is no time to be protesting Hillary Clinton or any Democrat.”

Faden said Monday she is working to remove the event from the Our Revolution website and Facebook.

Clinton defeated Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primary to earn the party's presidential nomination. However, many of Sanders's supporters were hesitant to embrace her as the candidate, prompting significant protests outside the Democratic National Convention.

Those intraparty tensions have lingered, with more progressive Democrats in some cases challenging longtime party representatives.

It was reported as part of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's indictment against 13 Russians who allegedly interfered in the 2016 election that those individuals sought to sow discord between Clinton and Sanders supporters.

Sanders initially questioned why the Clinton campaign did not speak up about the issue, but later issued a blanket statement condemning Russian meddling.