Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz kept up her criticism of Bernie Sanders, accusing him of ignoring violence and threats against party officials on the part of his supporters at the Nevada state Democratic convention.
The Florida congresswoman said the Sen. Sanders’ statement on Tuesday fell short of the needed response to the violence.
“With all due respect, when there is a ‘but’ in between condemnation of violence generally and after the word ‘but’ you go on to seemingly justify the reason that the violence and the intimidating has occurred, then that falls short of making sure that going forward this kind conduct doesn’t occur,” she said on CNN’s “New Day.”
Citing threats made towards state Democratic officials she said, “In no way is it acceptable to condone or even to ignore violence and intimidation against officials with whom you’re frustrated.”
On Tuesday, Sanders denied accusations of promoting violence among his supporters and accused the Nevada Democratic Party of abusing its power to help the Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.
“Party leaders in Nevada, for example, claim that the Sanders campaign has a ‘penchant of violence.’ That is nonsense. Our campaign has giant rallies all across this country, including in high-crime areas, and there have been zero reports of violence,” Sanders said in a statement Tuesday.
Tensions between the Sanders campaign and the Democratic Party burst open on Tuesday after unrest in Las Vegas over the weekend.