Michael Bloomberg’s campaign office in Knoxville, Tenn., was vandalized. A campaign volunteer reports finding the damage early Friday morning. Glass doors and windows at the candidate’s office got spray-paint. The messages left employ offensive language and paper signs were left reading “Authoritarian,” “Classist” and “Oligarch.”
Describing the incident
Holly McCall, Bloomberg’s Tennessee communications director, called out supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders. She is suggesting they did it. She said there have been multiple incidents of vandalism. The effort is targeted against Bloomberg’s campaign offices, across three states. It has been going on for a month. “I’m sure it’s some sort of organized effort…”
Kevin Sheekey, Bloomberg’s Campaign Manager, responded to the attack in a statement posted online. It says:
“This latest incident at our Knoxville campaign office is exactly what we’ve been warning about. We don’t know who is responsible for this vandalism, but we do know it echoes languages from the Sanders campaign and its supporters.”
In the statement, Sheekey listed the cities and dates offices were vandalized. He also gave examples to show how the language in the defaced property corresponds with the language used by Sanders and his campaign staff. Sheekey continued:
“We call on Bernie Sanders to immediately condemn these attacks and for his campaign to end the Trump-like rhetoric that is clearly encouraging his supporters to engage in behavior that has no place in our politics.”
Sheekey also appeared to accuse Sanders, as he called on Sanders to condemn the attacks on campaign property and end the “Trump-like rhetoric.”
Damage to the Bloomberg Tennessee campaign office came after Wednesday night’s Democratic debate. In the debate Sanders responded to questions concerning a group of his supporters, known as the “Bernie Bros.” Sanders said, “We have over 10.6 million people on Twitter, and 99.9% of them are decent human beings, are working people, are people who believe in justice, compassion, and love,” Sanders said.
Sanders stressed that if there are any, it is very few of his supporters making “ugly remarks.” “I disown those people,” he said, adding, “They are not part of our movement.” He did not call for such actions to stop. Interesting, don’t you think. As of Friday, investigators had neither solid leads nor suspects. Apparently the Sanders campaign has no information or feeling about these incidents. They are so far silent on the matter.
Tolerance means allowing others to think and act in ways we disagree with. As long as they are not violating your rights, “tolerance” means hands-off, live and let live. Recently we’ve seen Democrats show us how intolerant they are. More startling is their increasing willingness to use violence.
Time to tone it down…
The list of violent leftists is long and wide. The time has come to condemn this violent leftist behavior. This needs to happen before the leftist violence leads to retaliation and the contagion spreads. Please understand this is a request. It is a plea. We should respect the rule of law.
The idea that big government leftists are violent has been at the edge our awareness for several years. Remember the man who tried to murder Republican congressmen on a baseball field? The incident was in Alexandria Virginia. The shooter was a dedicated Bernie supporter. That incident certainly planted the question. Recent history emphasizes and makes clearer the leftist connection to violence. Bloomberg’s campaign infers the vandalism is from Sanders’ associates which may or may not turn out to be the truth. But someone is doing something.