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Sanders Camp Slams Wasserman Schultz for Dividing Party

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By    |   Wednesday, 18 May 2016 12:22 PM

Bernie Sanders's campaign manager Wednesday accused Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of working against the Vermont senator's campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination "almost from the get-go" and has been dividing the party.

"It is clear almost from the get go that she has been working against Bernie Sanders for personal reasons," Jeff Weaver told MSNBC's Steve Kornacki. "Whether [it's] the debate schedule we had, the defined debate schedule that we had with, debates scheduled on weekends when no one was watching, or the joint fundraising agreement they have with the Hillary Clinton campaign, which is taking money out of state parties or the standing committees where they have appointed really hostile Hillary Clinton partisans to head the committees at the convention. She has been the divider and not really provided leadership that the Democratic Party needs."

Earlier on Wednesday, Wasserman Schultz complained to CNN that Sanders did not say enough to condemn the violence that marked the Nevada party convention over the past weekend, but Weaver told MSNBC that her comments were "ridiculous."

"Bernie Sanders made it clear before the convention that he wanted people to act civilly and after the convention that he condemned threats that went on," said Weaver.

He continued that Wasserman Schultz's tactics are not universal throughout the committee.

"If you think back to the issue where they shut off Sen. Sanders' access to his data shortly before the Iowa caucuses, that was a unilateral action taken on her part," said Weaver. "Tremendous pressure inside the party structure."

Weaver said he does not know what Wasserman Schultz's motivation is, but "it is clear there is a pattern of conduct from the beginning of this campaign that has been hostile to Bernie Sanders and his supporters and really she has become a divisive figure in the party."

But at the same time, he said that if Clinton wins the party's nomination, he does believe the party will come together to defeat Trump, who he believes "would be a disaster for this country . . . for his foreign policy views, economic views, his outrageous bigoted comments."

Weaver also blamed Nevada party leaders for Sanders' problems in that state.

"We have competed in some 40 states," he said. "We have had very good relationship with state parties all across this country . . . We have had dispute with one state party at this level, the Nevada state party."

The Nevada chairwoman, Roberta Lange, "put in temporary rules that were designed to stifle debate, and they were implemented over a negative voice vote from the floor and an unappealable decision," said Weaver.

Wasserman Schultz said Wednesday on CNN that Lange has been subjected to death threats after the Nevada convention.

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Bernie Sanders campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, on Wednesday accused Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of working against the Vermont senator's campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination "almost from the get-go" and has been dividing the party.
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