- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The independent mayor of Warren, Michigan, said he was threatened with expulsion from Sunday night’s Democratic debate in Flint if he did not quiet down his support for Sen. Bernard Sanders.

“I’ve had a very enlightening and exciting weekend since Thursday evening,” Warren Mayor Jim Fouts wrote in a Facebook post Monday, BuzzFeed first reported. “I attended the Republican Debate on Thursday night at the Fox. I introduced Bernie Sanders at MCC on Saturday and I attended the Democratic Debate in Flint last night. What an experience!

“There is a great contrast between the Democratic Debate and the Republican,” he continued. “In the Republican Debate anything goes and the audience is free to speak, shout, boo and say whatever they want to. It’s almost pure democracy mixed in with a little anarchy. However the Democratic Debate is totally controlled by Hillary’s good friend DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. No commentary is allowed by the audience. Particularly if you are cheering Bernie Sanders. Persons who do not adhere to Hillary’s rules are threatened with expulsion.

“That’s not very democratic. That borders on totalitarian control,” Mr. Fouts concluded his post.

The mayor told BuzzFeed that he sat directly behind Ms. Wasserman Schultz during the debate, and he occasionally made remarks supportive of Mr. Sanders to his executive assistant sitting beside him.

“I was just saying ‘great job, Bernie!’ and ‘we need more debates,’” Mr. Fouts recalled. He said that at one point he vocally criticized Mrs. Clinton for “wrapping herself around Obama.”

The mayor said he and his assistant were pulled aside by security during a commercial break and told that people had asked for him to be removed.

“The sergeant at arms said, ‘The people that run this want you ejected, they don’t want you here,’” Mr. Fouts recalled. He said his assistant asked if the complainer was Ms. Wasserman Schultz.

“The security guy said, ‘don’t say I said it,’” Mr. Fouts said.

The mayor said he returned to his seat and made sure to be extra quiet. He is calling for the resignation of Ms. Wasserman Schultz, who did not return BuzzFeed’s requests for comment.

“I’m sorry that I offended her with my enthusiasm,’ Mr. Fouts told BuzzFeed. “Frankly, I was appalled by what I saw and what happened.”

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