Things got C-R-A-Z-Y at the Nevada Democrat Convention on Saturday night.
In fact, things got so heated that the Nevada state police where forced to take control of the situation in a show of overwhelming force.
The folks at Real Clear Politics (See RCP’s coverage below) have gathered several different angles of the situation together and it all paints a clear (and ugly) picture of establishment influence, and a complete disregard for democracy from Nevada’s Democrat Party leadership. Back in early February, Nevada Democrats voted Hillary Clinton the victor by about 3%, handing her the majority of their delegates to the national convention. However, Nevada primary rules dictate that the delegates be portioned out at the state convention, which took place this past Saturday night.
During the state convention it appeared that “Bernie” Bernard Sanders’ supporters had organized at least equally as well as the Clinton campaign, and that Bernie could have peeled off a few extra delegates… at least it appeared that way until the Democrat establishment took control of matters by ENDING the convention.
Just as the convention seemed to be tilting in favor of Bernie Sanders, the State Democrat Chair, Roberta Lange, put forward a motion, which was quickly seconded. Lange then called for a yay or nay vote and gaveled the convention to a close before Sanders’ supporters could register their “Nay” votes. This uncouth attack on the rules of order so angered the Sanders contingent that the entire convention quickly erupted into chaos.
(Careful viewing here as the language in the video is quite “salty”.)
“That was Lange, Roberta Lange, @r_lange9,” Llanes said about the state party chair. “Roberta Lange voted herself into power, took away our votes, ruined the DNC, destroyed the Democrats in America.”
“It was politically heartbreaking to see,” one person told Llanes on his livestream feed. “This is supposed to be about … bringing us together… We didn’t get any voice… Nothing… There were a chunk of Bernie supporters who would have supported Hillary. Would have. But when you divide the room the way they did…”
“Roberta Lange stole this,” said someone named Matt in the comments section of this article, about Chairwoman of the Nevada State Democratic Party & member of the DNC Executive Committee Roberta Lange: “It was not democracy. We had a motion for Recount on the Floor, Roberta ignored it, and called a motion to adjurn the meeting and then Ran out, even though the Nays won it. She did that on purpose, she is a crook, and needs to be kicked out of her position as Nevada Democratic Chair Woman. I am officially registering as an Independent, I was considering voting Hillary if I had to over Trump, she just changed my mind. She just proved Democrats are Crooks.”
RCP has an excellent collection of videos from the convention here.
I guess it feels good to know that the situation in the Democrat Party is as convoluted, backwards, and divisive as the current situation in the GOP.
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