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'Block her in': Sanders supporters swarm Illinois Democratic - congressional candidate's car

Posted: Feb 27th, 2020 - 4:28 am

A group of Sen. Bernie Sanders supporters attempted to intimidate an Illinois Democratic congressional candidate into supporting the socialist's agenda.

The Vermont senator's supporters on Monday live-streamed their activity on social media while Betsy Dirksen Londrigan concluded a campaign appearance in Champaign, Illinois. Following the event, the group challenged Londrigan to debate Illinois socialist candidate Stefanie Smith.

"Where did she go?" one person in the video can be heard asking. "She's going out. Let's go."

The Sanders supporters then surrounded Londrigan's vehicle, telling each other to "block her in" and to "get by her window!"

One of the agitators can be heard aggressively asking Londrigan whether she will "support Medicare for All."

Local CBS Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Maxwell posted about the incident on Tuesday, writing on Twitter, "They scream at her to debate a fringe far-left candidate who only has 2 donors from Illinois."

Smith praised the group for their action against her opponent in a video reaction she posted to Facebook.

"I can't tell you how much it meant to me when I watched the video of what happened — when I saw red umbrellas go up," she said.

In a caption to the video, she added, "If Betsy can’t handle a few people demanding a conversation about the life or death issues facing many of us in this district, she should quit now because she will not be able to handle Davis and Trump."

This incident is another example of reported misconduct from supporters of Sanders, often dubbed "Bernie Bros."

In Nevada, supporters of his 2020 presidential campaign sent threatening messages to Nevada's Culinary Union officials online, over email, and in phone calls. And on Twitter, union officials were called names such as “bitches,” “whore,” “f---ing scab,” and “evil, entitled assholes.” Over email, union officials were referred to as “corrupt mother f---ers” and were threatened that it was “time for people ... to go after [them]."

Sanders denounced the behavior exhibited in Nevada and distanced himself from the incidents.

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