Sanders calls online harassment 'unacceptable' after allegations from Culinary Union

Sanders calls online harassment 'unacceptable' after allegations from Culinary Union
© Greg Nash

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBloomberg campaign: Primary is two-way race with Sanders Warren: Bloomberg making debate will show how other candidates handle 'an egomaniac billionaire' HuffPost reporter: Sanders could win plurality of delegates but lose nomination MORE (I-Vt.) on Thursday encouraged supporters of all campaigns to refrain from online attacks following the Nevada Culinary Workers Union's allegations of online harassment from Sanders supporters over its disagreement with his health care plan.

“Harassment of all forms is unacceptable to me, and we urge supporters of all campaigns not to engage in bullying or ugly personal attacks,” Sanders, a front-runner in the Democratic primary race, said. “Our campaign is building a multi-generational, multi-racial movement of love, compassion, and justice. We can certainly disagree on issues, but we must do it in a respectful manner.”

Sanders continued by saying he would not do anything to “diminish the health care that unions and workers have fought for” and promising that “Medicare for All” would expand all health care. 

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The Culinary Union called it "disappointing" when Sanders’s supporters went after the organization after it distributed a flyer saying Medicare for All would “End Culinary Healthcare.” Under Sanders’s health care plan, private insurance would no longer exist. 

The union decided not to endorse a Democratic candidate for president before Nevada’s Feb. 22 caucuses, instead calling to focus on voting President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau spends millions on ad campaign to mitigate fears on excluded citizenship question Bloomberg campaign: Primary is two-way race with Sanders Democratic senator meets with Iranian foreign minister MORE out of office, expanding health care for its workers and reforming immigration policy.

Sanders acknowledged his immigration plans in his statement saying he plans to enact “comprehensive immigration reform,” reinstate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and eliminate Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids. 

In the statement, Sanders says as president, he wants to form an economy that works for everyone, “not just the one percent,” adding he looks forward to working with the Culinary Union to do that.