REPORT: Sanders orders delegates to sign agreement to not criticize Dem leaders
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Sen. Bernie Sanders’ political team – in an apparent bid for party unity – is asking supporters chosen to represent the former presidential candidate at the Democratic convention to sign agreements preventing them from criticizing Democratic Party leaders or other 2020 contenders either in person or on social media during this summer’s confab.
And that’s not sitting well with some Sanders supporters who’ve received or heard about the agreements.
The article goes on to state the following:
“I think these restrictions are unreasonable and I don’t think it’s the way they’re going to get unity,” said a 2016 Sanders delegate who’s been picked to represent the populist senator at the August convention in Milwaukee, Wis.
“There’s pretty widespread agreement that this was bizarre,” the delegate reportedly told Fox News.
The move by the Sanders campaign is an attempt to keep the party united and prevent a repeat of the protest and interruption that occurred in the 2016 convention in Philadelphia in opposition to nominee Hillary Clinton.
The agreements call for delegates to “Refrain from making negative statements about other candidates, party leaders, Campaigns, Campaign staffers, supporters, news organizations or journalists. This Campaign is about the issues and finding solutions to America’s problems. Our job is to differentiate the senator from his opponents on the issues — not through personal attacks,” according to The Washington Post.
One of the ten rules in the agreement states, “Do your best to avoid online arguments or confrontations. … If engaging in an adversarial conversation, be respectful when addressing opposing viewpoints or commenting on the opposition.”
“If a member of the media contacts you about a posting of any kind: do not respond,” it continued.
The document then warns, “failure to comply with these expectations may result in disciplinary action, including but not limited to your removal from the delegation.”
“Threatening to remove as people as delegates because of a Facebook post,” a delegate told Fox News. “It’s ridiculous.”
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the delegate stressed that the agreement “was poorly crafted and goes against the grain.”
Another delegate said that preventing dissent “is going to backfire.”
“It’s going to backfire. It’s not going to create the experience anyone wants and it’s only going to cause deeper resentment,” the delegate argued.
— Jorge Luis Lopez Esq (@lopezgovlaw) May 21, 2020
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