The chairwoman of the Nevada State Democratic Party said Wednesday that Sen. Bernard Sanders still hasn’t done enough to respond to the actions of his supporters at a chaotic party convention in Las Vegas on Saturday and that she wants Mr. Sanders to acknowledge that there were death threats made to her and her family.
“His statement was pretty weak that came out yesterday, and you can say you condemn the violence but [until] you say you’re sorry, until you say what happened in Nevada should not have happened and it was wrong and it was fueled by your senior campaign staff people, then that’s an apology and then I think that there’s some responsibility is taken,” Nevada State Democratic Party Chairwoman Roberta Lange said on CNN.
Ms. Lange said the situation has nothing to do with Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who chairs the Democratic National Committee, and everything to do with what happened in Nevada “and what has continued to happen to me in the days following the convention.”
“Actually, the phone calls have escalated,” Ms. Lange said. “The longer this goes on and the Sanders campaign doesn’t take responsibility for what happened in Nevada, I think it’s going to continue.
“I think he should acknowledge that there were death threats to me, that there [were] death threats to my husband, that there [were] death threats to my 5-year-old grandson, that they called my work and tried to ruin … like I said, this is my volunteer job being chair,” she said.
“I have a full-time job where single mothers and people trying to pay off their school loans work, and it hurt our business,” she said. “People were calling our business so much that they had to unplug the phone.
“I think they owe an [apology] to me and then I can give it to the owner of the business,” she said. “I mean, I think those kinds of apologies need to happen and I think they need to recognize that this is not laughable — these are threats to people’s lives that are very serious.”
Jeff Weaver, Mr. Sanders’ campaign manager, said earlier Wednesday that Mr. Sanders does condemn any kind of threats. He went on to criticize Ms. Wasserman Schultz.
“He categorically condemns any kind of threats that went on — absolutely unacceptable,” Mr. Weaver said on CNN’s “New Day.” “Debbie Wasserman Schultz — we [can] have a long conversation just about Debbie Wasserman Schultz and how she’s been throwing shade on the Sanders campaign since the very beginning.”
Ms. Wasserman Schultz said on CNN on Tuesday evening that Mr. Sanders’ response, in which he condemned violence but blasted Democratic Party officials for how they handled the convention, “added more fuel to the fire.”
“What happened is that Secretary [Hillary] Clinton’s people out-organized Sen. Sanders’ people,” Ms. Lange said Wednesday. “He was going to lose the convention no matter what because they didn’t turn out their people.”