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 calls on Democrats to plow forward on immigration Democrats brace for tough election year in Nevada The Memo: Biden's horizon is clouded by doubt MORE (Nev.) had a 10-minute conversation with presidential contender Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders on Medicare expansion in spending package: 'Its not coming out' Briahna Joy Gray: Biden must keep progressive promises or risk losing midterms Overnight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — Study finds Pfizer vaccine almost 91 percent effective for 5 to 11 year olds 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.


“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 ClintonSuper PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump I voted for Trump in 2020 — he proved to be the ultimate RINO in 2021 Neera Tanden tapped as White House staff secretary 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 TrumpGrant Woods, longtime friend of McCain and former Arizona AG, dies at 67 Super PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump Glasgow summit raises stakes for Biden deal 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 DurbinDick DurbinManchin: Negotiators to miss Friday target for deal on reconciliation bill Democrats look for plan B on filibuster The Memo: Cuts to big bill vex Democrats 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.