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Sanders urges campaign surrogates in the media to act respectfully

Sanders urges campaign surrogates in the media to act respectfully
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Energy: Treasury creates hub to fight climate change through finance | Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez introduce 'Green New Deal for Public Housing' | Don't attack Zoom for its Bernie Sanders federal tax bill Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez introduce 'Green New Deal for Public Housing' MORE (I-Vt.) urged his campaign surrogates in the media to “respectfully engage” with other 2020 Democratic hopefuls in an email sent Saturday that was obtained by multiple news outlets. 

The email to over 100 surrogates was first obtained by HuffPost. In it, Sanders asks supporters to avoid “bullying and harassment of any kind.”

“As we engage with our opponents in the Democratic primary, we will forcefully present our views and defend ourselves against misrepresentations,” Sanders, who declared his candidacy earlier this month, reportedly wrote.

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“But, let us do our very best to engage respectfully with our Democratic opponents ― talking about the issues we are fighting for, not about personalities or past grievances. I want to be clear that I condemn bullying and harassment of any kind and in any space.”

Sanders's campaign and supporters received criticism during the 2016 election from Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPelosi on power in DC: 'You have to seize it' Cuba readies for life without Castro Chelsea Clinton: Pics of Trump getting vaccinated would help him 'claim credit' MORE backers for attacking the eventual nominee's character online.
 
In his email, Sanders said that divisive rhetoric would be counterproductive to defeating President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse votes to condemn Chinese government over Hong Kong Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at age 93 White House readies for Chauvin verdict MORE in the general election.

“The President we are running against is a pathological liar, a racist, a xenophobe, a sexist, a bully and a religious bigot. His goal is to win political points by dividing up the American people,” he wrote, according to HuffPost. “That is why we need to do exactly the opposite ― brings [sic] our people together. Men and women, black and white, Latino, Native American, Asian American, gay and straight, young and old, native-born and immigrant.”

“Our number one priority is defeating Donald Trump. To do so, we will ultimately have to unite with those who today are our opponents for the Democratic nomination,” he added.

Sanders is one of 10 Democrats to officially launch campaigns for the 2020 nomination.

The Hill has reached out to the Sanders campaign for comment.