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Harry Reid Tells Sanders to Condemn Supporters' Violence

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By    |   Tuesday, 17 May 2016 04:30 PM

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid told reporters Tuesday that he met with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and urged him to condemn the violent actions of some of his supporters at the Nevada Democratic convention on Saturday.

"He and I had a very long conversation," said Reid, who represents Nevada in the Senate. "I laid out to him what happened in Las Vegas. I wanted to make sure he understands what went on there, the violence and all the other bad things that has happened there."

Sanders "said that he condemns that, and I’m confident he does," Reid said. "I'm confident he'll be saying something about it soon."

Reid is a supporter of Hillary Clinton, who won the Nevada caucuses in February, but angry supporters of Sanders booed pro-Clinton speakers, including California Sen. Barbara Boxer, and threw chairs.

Reid said he is "hopeful and very confident that Sen. Sanders will do the right thing" in condemning the actions.

Other Democrats also have spoken out as well.

"Our democracy is undermined any time threats, intimidation, physical violence or damage to property are present," Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in a statement to the press.

"When it breaks down into shouting matches, demonstrations and violence, it’s unacceptable," Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois said. "It's important for people to understand that we want to keep this in the context of reasonable discourse, reasonable debate and shouting down speakers and throwing chairs in hotel gatherings — those things aren’t consistent with reasonable discourse."

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Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid told reporters Tuesday that he met with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and urged him to condemn the violent actions of some of his supporters at the Nevada Democratic convention on Saturday.
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