Reid urges Sanders to condemn violence in Nevada

Reid urges Sanders to condemn violence in Nevada
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Senate Democratic Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidHarry Reid says he won’t make 2020 endorsement until after Nevada caucus Sanders hires veteran progressive operative to manage 2020 bid Constitutional conservatives need to oppose the national emergency MORE (Nev.) had a 10-minute conversation with presidential contender Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSanders endorses Oakland teachers strike Dem strategist says Clinton ‘absolutely’ has a role to play in 2020 News media has sought to 'delegitimize' Tulsi Gabbard, says liberal journalist MORE Tuesday to discuss the violent outbursts by his supporters at the state party convention in Nevada over the weekend.

Reid made sure that Sanders was aware of just how ugly things got — including incidents of chair throwing — and expects his colleague will condemn the violence soon.

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“He and I had a very long conversation,” Reid told reporters. “I laid out to him what happened in Las Vegas. I wanted to make sure he understands what went on there, the violence and all the other bad things that have happened there.

“He said that he condemns that. I’m confident he does. I’m confident he’ll be saying something about it soon,” added the Senate leader, who endorsed Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDem strategist says Clinton ‘absolutely’ has a role to play in 2020 Left-leaning journalist: Sanders would be 'formidable candidate' against Trump Clinton hits EPA for approval of pesticide dump: ‘We need bees!’ MORE for president after she won the Nevada caucuses in February. “I’m hopeful and very confident that Sen. Sanders will do the right thing.”

Reid, anticipating problems at the Nevada Democratic convention, which took place over the weekend, had conversations with Sanders on Thursday and Friday before the meeting.

He and Sanders issued separate statements urging the assembled delegates and their supporters to act civilly, but it failed to quiet boiling tempers.

The proceedings spiraled out of control, erupting into angry shouting matches and flying chairs, an echo of some of the violent outbursts at rallies for Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAverage tax refunds down double-digits, IRS data shows White House warns Maduro as Venezuela orders partial closure of border with Colombia Trump administration directs 1,000 more troops to Mexican border MORE, the presumptive GOP nominee, earlier this year.

Democratic senators on Tuesday said the violent antics have to stop, immediately.

“When it breaks down into shouting matches, demonstrations and violence, it’s unacceptable,” said Senate Democratic Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinKids confront Feinstein over Green New Deal Senate plots to avoid fall shutdown brawl Overnight Energy: Trump ends talks with California on car emissions | Dems face tough vote on Green New Deal | Climate PAC backing Inslee in possible 2020 run MORE (Ill.). “It’s important for people to understand that we want to keep this in the context of reasonable discourse, reasonable debate, and shouting down speakers and throwing chairs in hotel gatherings — those things aren’t consistent with reasonable discourse,” he added.