Last week Zach posted a number articles about the bad behavior on the Democratic campaign trail: The bad behavior of Bernie supporters and I #feelthebern, but that doesn’t mean I won’t support Hillary if she’s the Democratic nominee .
And apparently that bad behavior has caught the attention of one of the candidates. On CNN, Bernie Sanders very directly said how he feels:
Sen. Bernie Sanders had a terse message for any of his supporters who engage in online harassment “we don’t want that crap.” He told CNN on Sunday that the so-called “Berniebro” phenomenon is “disgusting” and that “anybody who is supporting me that is doing the sexist things — we don’t want them.”
And his campaign is being proactive in getting exactly that message out:
Meanwhile, the Sanders campaign has engaged in an escalating series of tactics trying to convince the Berniebros to cut it out. Sanders rapid response director asked the senator’s supporters to chill on Twitter:
Similarly, the campaign’s digital media director Héctor Sigala wrote on the online forum Reddit that “we love our supporters and we know we wouldn’t be here without you all, but it does add a layer of complexity when we have to track what you all do during some moments when we are shaping our messaging.” He added a warning to the senator’s most obnoxious supporters: “just know you represent our movement and be respectful with those who disagree with you.”
to wrap this all up, here’s something that I totally agree with:
It’s not every day that a candidate labels activities that are ostensibly done to bolster his or her candidacy “crap.”
Full disclosure: I am not in either camp yet…my candidate dropped out after Iowa.