Sanders calls online harassment 'unacceptable' after allegations from Culinary Union

Sanders calls online harassment 'unacceptable' after allegations from Culinary Union
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSirota reacts to report of harassment, doxing by Harris supporters Republicans not immune to the malady that hobbled Democrats The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Republicans lawmakers rebuke Trump on election MORE (I-Vt.) on Thursday encouraged supporters of all campaigns to refrain from online attacks following the Nevada Culinary Workers Union's allegations of online harassment from Sanders supporters over its disagreement with his health care plan.

“Harassment of all forms is unacceptable to me, and we urge supporters of all campaigns not to engage in bullying or ugly personal attacks,” Sanders, a front-runner in the Democratic primary race, said. “Our campaign is building a multi-generational, multi-racial movement of love, compassion, and justice. We can certainly disagree on issues, but we must do it in a respectful manner.”

Sanders continued by saying he would not do anything to “diminish the health care that unions and workers have fought for” and promising that “Medicare for All” would expand all health care. 

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The Culinary Union called it "disappointing" when Sanders’s supporters went after the organization after it distributed a flyer saying Medicare for All would “End Culinary Healthcare.” Under Sanders’s health care plan, private insurance would no longer exist. 

The union decided not to endorse a Democratic candidate for president before Nevada’s Feb. 22 caucuses, instead calling to focus on voting President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Former Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick MORE out of office, expanding health care for its workers and reforming immigration policy.

Sanders acknowledged his immigration plans in his statement saying he plans to enact “comprehensive immigration reform,” reinstate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and eliminate Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids. 

In the statement, Sanders says as president, he wants to form an economy that works for everyone, “not just the one percent,” adding he looks forward to working with the Culinary Union to do that.