Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPressure grows for breakthrough in Biden agenda talks Sanders, Manchin escalate fight over .5T spending bill Sanders blames media for Americans not knowing details of Biden spending plan MORE (I-Vt.) defended his online supporters during a heated moment in Wednesday night's debate, explaining that he does not believe they are especially aggressive or critical of other Democrats online.
Sanders clashed with former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegSunday shows preview: Supply chain crisis threaten holiday sales; uncertainty over whether US can sustain nationwide downward trend in COVID-19 cases Buttigieg hits back after parental leave criticism: 'Really strange' The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by The Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations - US opens to vaccinated visitors as FDA panel discusses boosters MORE (D) during the debate. Buttigieg said Sanders's supporters were "at war" with culinary union leaders in Nevada who were critical of Sanders's health care plan.
"Why did this pattern arise? Why is it especially the case among your supporters?" Buttigieg asked.
"I don't believe it is especially the case," Sanders responded.
"That's just not true," Buttigieg shot back.
Sanders says the Russians are using his name to divide the Democratic Party, and Buttigieg schools him on leadership. and how his campaign motivates the ugly behavior of his supporters.#DemDebate pic.twitter.com/Clbg1ZFPu0— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) February 20, 2020
Sanders then reiterated his support for unions and questioned whether anyone would believe that his supporters would attack union leaders.
The moment was one of many clashes between Sanders and Buttigieg, who emerged as the leading candidates out of both the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary earlier this month.