- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Sen. Bernard Sanders’ campaign manager said Tuesday that Mr. Sanders is helping Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton and vice versa, and that the general election contest is likely to devolve into a mudslinging fight.

“I would say that we are helping Hillary Clinton, as a matter of fact, assuming that she’s the nominee, and I think that Hillary Clinton is helping Bernie Sanders, assuming that he’s the nominee,” Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said on CNN’s “New Day.”

“As soon as this Democratic primary process is over, we’re not going to hear any more talk about the minimum wage, we’re not going to hear any more talk about making college affordable or providing health care to everybody,” he said.

“It’s going to be a mudslinging contest,” he said. “The Trump people, the Republican party, all their super PACs are going to engage in character assassination no matter who the nominee is.”

“It’s unfortunate, but as long as there’s a Democratic primary process going on, people are talking about issues that are important not only to Democrats, but to Americans as a whole,” he said.

Mr. Weaver also said Sanders supporters should act in a “civil” way, after reported clashes between Clinton and Sanders backers at the Democratic convention in Nevada over the weekend.

“The senator’s been very clear: People who are supporting the senator should act in a civil way,” Mr. Weaver said. “They should obviously fight within the context, and by fight I mean contest if there’s a convention, they should be there, they should present their case.”

“And then they should let the votes fall where they may,” he said. “The situation in Nevada is a little bit different. Obviously no context justifies any kinds of threats or violence, but we have been obviously campaigning in Nevada for almost a year…it’s one of the early states.”

“The state party there has a lot of problems. They’ve run things very poorly — it’s been done very undemocratically,” Mr. Weaver said. “And there seems to be an unwillingness on the part of the Nevada Democratic party to bring in all of the new people that Bernie Sanders has brought into the process.”

“It’s dysfunctional or worse out there in the Nevada state Democratic party,” he said. “Obviously, it’s not a reflection [of] all Democrats in Nevada, but the party hierarchy — there’s a lot of problems there. I mean, they had a convention where they didn’t have enough chairs for the number of people who were supposed to be there.”

“Obviously, you’re trying to exclude people if the room is too small for the anticipated audience,” he said.

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