Sanders defends online supporters: 'I don't think' my fans are aggressive

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) defended his online supporters during a heated moment in Wednesday night’s debate, explaining that he does not believe they are especially aggressive or critical of other Democrats online.

Sanders clashed with former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE (D) during the debate. Buttigieg said Sanders’s supporters were “at war” with culinary union leaders in Nevada who were critical of Sanders’s health care plan.

“Why did this pattern arise? Why is it especially the case among your supporters?” Buttigieg asked.

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“I don’t believe it is especially the case,” Sanders responded.

“That’s just not true,” Buttigieg shot back.

Sanders then reiterated his support for unions and questioned whether anyone would believe that his supporters would attack union leaders.

The moment was one of many clashes between Sanders and Buttigieg, who emerged as the leading candidates out of both the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary earlier this month.

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