Independent Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders got snippy with a local reporter in Washington state, repeatedly interrupting her as she grilled him about online abuse from his supporters, and suggested those supporters are impostors.
KCPQ’s Brandi Kruse scored an interview with Sanders before his rally in Tacoma, WA Monday night, and asked him about the mounting attention being paid to abusive behavior by Sanders supporters online, which has sparked demands by other candidates for Sanders to put a stop to it, and was the focus of a Mike Bloomberg ad this week.
“Your campaign has taken some flack in recent weeks for the behavior of your supporters,” Kruse said, adding “There was a Michael Bloomberg ad that came out today, I don’t know if you saw itm but it’s basically things your supporters have said, they’ve called Elizabeth Warren a snake, they called Pete Buttigieg a rat.”
Kruse then read a statement in which Sanders called for respectful discourse, and said “our campaign is building a multi-generational multiracial movement of love, compassion, and justice.”
“So if that’s the movement that you’re building, if that’s the campaign you’re building, love, compassion, justice, why is it that your campaign is attracting people who are doing something so antithetical to that?”