What went down at the Nevada Democratic convention

May 16, 2016

Saturday’s state Democratic convention in Nevada turned ugly when tensions over delegate selection prompted supporters of presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders to yell, swear and show their displeasure through graffiti.

Sanders fans said the party’s process for choosing delegates for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this summer gives Clinton an unfair edge, and many accused state party chairwoman Roberta Lange of rigging it.

A few dozen Sanders supporters were found to be unqualified to be delegates to the state convention, a major reason for the unrest. That sparked the hashtag #Freethe64 to make the rounds on social media. Meanwhile, a call to “fire Roberta” was plastered on the side of the state party’s headquarters.

Reasons for those would-be delegates’ dismissals range from having incomplete or wrong information on file to not having registered as Democrats on time, a testament to Sanders’ pull among political independents. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that eight prospective Clinton delegates were also turned away.

Footage from inside the event posted to YouTube and Twitter showed growing tension, with at least one physical fight breaking out amid the maelstrom.

Even after tempers cooled inside the venue, the outcry continued online, with Sanders fans blasting out Lange’s cell phone number on social media and accusing her of having stifled the democratic process.

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