Bloomberg Campaign Blames Sanders Supporters Over Insults in Vandalism

2020 Election, Mike Bloomberg, Vandalism

Handmade posters, reading “Authoritarian,” “Classist” and “Oligarch,” were plastered on the windows of a Bloomberg field office in Knoxville, Tenn.

2020 Election, Mike Bloomberg

22.2.2020

A field office for Michael Bloomberg's presidential campaign in Knoxville, Tennessee, was vandalized overnight with spray paint and posters reading “Authoritarian,” “Classist” and “Oligarch.' Similar vandalism was reported at 3 other offices last week.

Handmade posters, reading “Authoritarian,” “Classist” and “Oligarch,” were plastered on the windows of a Bloomberg field office in Knoxville, Tenn.

Updated 3:52 p.m. ET A field office for Michael R. Bloomberg’s presidential campaign in Knoxville, Tenn., was vandalized overnight, the latest in a series of vandalism incidents that prompted top campaign officials to blame Senator Bernie Sanders for the attacks. Campaign volunteers arrived at the office on Friday morning to find profanity spray-painted across the glass front doors. Handmade posters, reading “Authoritarian,” “Classist” and “Oligarch,” were plastered on the windows. Mr. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, is a multibillionaire who has spent hundreds of millions of dollars of own money on his campaign so far. The posters featured what appeared to be clips of news articles highlighting reports of derogatory statements Mr. Bloomberg made about women, Latinos, African-Americans and transgender people. A Hitler mustache was drawn on Mr. Bloomberg’s face in two photos. If elected, Mr. Bloomberg would be the first Jewish-American president. Similar types of vandalism were reported last week at field offices in Ann Arbor, Mich., Toledo and Youngstown, Ohio. Mr. Bloomberg’s campaign manager, Kevin Sheekey, said in a statement on Friday: “We don’t know who is responsible for this vandalism, but we do know it echoes language from the Sanders campaign and its supporters.” “We call on Bernie Sanders to immediately condemn these attacks and for his campaign to end the Trump-like rhetoric that is clearly encouraging his supporters to engage in behavior that has no place in our politics,” Mr. Sheekey added. There were no witnesses to the attack, and Mr. Bloomberg’s campaign did not provide evidence of Mr. Sanders’s supporters being involved beyond pointing to linguistic similarities with the type of language used by his backers online. The Knoxville police department is assigning an officer to investigate the incident. There are no suspects, according to the police report, and there is no video footage since the office did not have security cameras. The Sanders campaign declined to comment on both the incident and the Bloomberg campaign’s accusations. Mr. Bloomberg and Mr. Sanders have been for days about the former mayor’s wealth and campaign spending and the Vermont senator’s belief in democratic socialism. Mr. Bloomberg’s campaign has focused on calling out what it sees as the vitriolic rhetoric of some Sanders supporters. Earlier this week, Mr. Bloomberg’s campaign released a video on Twitter featuring aggressive and threatening tweets and texts that they attributed to supporters of Mr. Sanders. It concluded with a clip of Mr. Sanders calling for “civil discourse,” followed by the question “Really?” During Wednesday’s Democratic primary debate, Mr. Sanders was pressed by several rivals to address questions about why his candidacy appears to inspire uniquely vitriolic behavior among some of his supporters on the internet. He insisted that nearly all of his online fans were decent people, but said he would “disown those people” who behave in deplorable ways. He also suggested that some of the online bullying could be attributable to foreign interference. “All of us remember 2016, we remember efforts by Russians and others to try to interfere in our election and divide us,” he said. “I’m not saying that’s happening, but it would not shock me.” Our 2020 Election Guide Updated Feb. 20, 2020 The Latest After the debate put Michael Bloomberg on the defensive, the candidates’ focus turned back toward Bernie Sanders as . State of the Race Joe Biden is no longer the Democratic front-runner. For the first time, he is behind Mr. Sanders Read more: The New York Times

What the hell is going n. Peaceful opposition to different ideas/ ideology no longer allowed n R society? Blame with zero evidence backfires hard. He should’ve learned that from when ewarren lied about BernieSanders saying a woman couldn’t be president and plummeted in the race for it. It looks weak and desperate.

Just more ‘stop and frisk’ Gee, I wonder if Bernie Bros and AOC A**holes are behind this? 🤔🙄 Those 2 are & lead the Trumpers of the Left This is an anti-Semitic attack against Bloomberg Everyone called him that 😂😂 Did you see the debates It was a fucking bloodbath 💀 Obviously Russian bots.

Bloomberg campaign accuses Bernie Sanders camp of inciting vandalism on their officesThe Bloomberg campaign listed five incidents of vandalization they said mirrored Sanders&39; campaign rhetoric The tolerant left is so destructive!

Bloomberg campaign accuses Bernie Sanders camp of inciting vandalism on their offices Mike Bloomberg 's campaign suggests rhetoric from Sen. Bernie Sanders incited vandalism of several of their field offices. Awwww Mike Bloomberg and Harvey Weinstein are friends. They have been friends for decades. probably payback for your stopandfrisk policy

Bernie Sanders again facing political fallout over supporters' abusive behavior onlineDemocratic rivals suggest Sanders deserves blame for toxic and misogynistic online behavior by some supporters. Hateful, violent communists. The answer was insufficient. I wish he could be more clear. Online abuse? How about actual threats of violence and destruction by his paid staff?

Who won, who lost, and more takeaways from Wednesday's Democratic debateWarren gave herself a big jolt, Sanders deflected attacks on his frontrunning campaign and Bloomberg took heat from everyone. Trump won the debate bloomer: that could've... gone better She smashed his tiny ass! Elizabeth Warren... superb performance 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

What happened in Vegas? Who won, who lost and takeaways from the Democratic debateAmy Klobuchar’s streak of successful debates came to an end Wednesday night, says reporter ccadelago: “She’ll need a big finish this weekend to keep herself in the game.” Bloomberg won easily, 2 great lines,1 we can’t beat Trump with this foolish debate style 2 Bernie what do you mean, you wrote the tax code, your in the senate ccadelago Disagree. Amy did great. Mike did good. Moderators not so good. ccadelago The Game Bro.

Pete Buttigieg campaigns at USC, warning against nominating Bloomberg or SandersPete Buttigieg campaigns in Los Angeles, warning Democrats that either Michael R. Bloomberg or Bernie Sanders would be a 'very, very tough sell' to voters in November. He should drop out and endorse ewarren. WallStreetPete for the 1%. Platitude flip flop Pete is not so honest. Pete your arrogance is awful. You are nothing new nor refreshing. You lie



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