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 ReidKavanaugh furor intensifies as calls for new testimony grow Dems can’t ‘Bork’ Kavanaugh, and have only themselves to blame Dem senator: Confidential documents would 'strongly bolster' argument against Kavanaugh's nomination MORE (Nev.) had a 10-minute conversation with presidential contender Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersProtecting democracy requires action from all of us Kavanaugh hires attorney amid sexual assault allegations: report Amazon probes allegations of employees leaking data for bribes: report 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 ClintonTrump to declassify controversial text messages, documents related to Russia probe Hypocrisy in Kavanaugh case enough to set off alarms in DC Clinton: Hard to ignore 'racial subtext of virtually everything Trump says' 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 TrumpOver 100 lawmakers consistently voted against chemical safeguards: study CNN's Anderson Cooper unloads on Trump Jr. for spreading 'idiotic' conspiracy theories about him Cohn: Jamie Dimon would be 'phenomenal' president 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 DurbinTop Senate Dem: Public hearing is ‘only way to go’ for Kavanaugh accuser Durbin calls for delay in Kavanaugh vote Dems engage in last-ditch effort to block Kavanaugh 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.