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Bloomberg hits Sanders supporters in new ad

Democratic presidential candidate Michael BloombergMichael BloombergTop 12 political donors accounted for almost 1 of every 13 dollars raised since 2009: study Holder, Yates lead letter backing Biden pick for Civil Rights Division at DOJ The truth behind companies' 'net zero' climate commitments MORE on Monday hit Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPelosi pushes for drug pricing measure amid uncertainty from White House White House sees GOP proposal as legitimate starting point The Memo: Washington's fake debate on 'bipartisanship' MORE's (I-Vt.) supporters in a new digital ad as the progressive senator faces backlash for the rhetoric and behavior of some of his supporters.

The spot, which was tweeted out by Bloomberg, features texts, tweets and memes attacking other 2020 Democratic contenders from individuals claiming to be Sanders supporters.  

 

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The piece ends with a video of Sanders in which he says, "It is vitally important for those of us who hold different views to be able to engage in a civil discourse." The video then ends with the text "Really? Really."

Sanders campaign deputy communications director Sarah Ford accused the establishment of perpetuating "a false myth to discount the breadth and diversity of our supporters" in a statement to The Hill when asked about the ad. 

“Sen. Sanders is building a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-generational movement for justice. We recognize that our opponents in the establishment would like to perpetuate a false myth to discount the breadth and diversity of our supporters — and we categorically reject it," Ford said. "As the senator has said loudly and clearly, there is no room in the political revolution for abuse and harassment online, and we must live our values of love and compassion.”

Bloomberg's video was in response to a video tweeted by Sanders in which he hit Bloomberg for recently unearthed comments on the controversial policies of redlining and stop-and-frisk, as well as his stance on raising the minimum wage.

"The simple truth is that Mayor Bloomberg, with all his money, will not create the kind of excitement and energy we need to have the voter turnout we must have to defeat Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: LeBron James's 'racist rants' are divisive, nasty North Carolina man accused of fraudulently obtaining .5M in PPP loans Biden announces picks to lead oceans, lands agencies MORE," Sanders said Saturday evening in Las Vegas. 

 

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Bloomberg is the latest candidate to call out Sanders for not condemning the behavior of his supporters, specifically after they bashed Nevada's Culinary Union online for distributing flyers that said his "Medicare for All" proposal would “end culinary health care” by replacing private plans with government-run insurance.

"You know me well enough to know if any of my supporters did that, I’d disown them. Flat disown them," former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden announces picks to lead oceans, lands agencies Overnight Defense: Top general concerned about Afghan forces after US troops leave | Pentagon chief: Climate crisis 'existential' threat to US national security | Army conducts review after 4 Black soldiers harassed at Virginia IHOP Feds expect to charge scores more in connection to Capitol riot MORE said on "Meet the Press."

“The stuff that was said online. The way they threatened these two women who are leaders in that culinary union. It is outrageous. Just — just go online." 

Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBiden administration takes step toward allowing California to set its own tailpipe emissions standards Republicans unveil 8 billion infrastructure plan DOT appoints chief science officer for first time in 40 years MORE also called the attacks on the Culinary Union "really disturbing. 

Sanders addressed the attacks on the Culinary Union, saying: "Harassment of all forms is unacceptable to me, and we urge supporters of all campaigns not to engage in bullying or ugly personal attacks."