Elizabeth Warren slams Bernie Sanders over ‘nasty’ supporters in hint she will back Joe Biden – The Sun

ELIZABETH Warren slammed Bernie Sanders over his "nasty supporters", in a hint that she may endorse Joe Biden.

The Massachusetts Senator's comments came shortly after she announced she was dropping out of the presidential race.

"It's not just about me. I think there's a real problem with this online bullying and sort of organized nastiness," Warren told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow.

"And I'm not just talking about who said mean things. I'm talking about some really ugly stuff that went on."

Some of Sanders' supporters have notoriously attacked Warren and other candidates online, using the snake emoji and dubbing her a "traitor."

Warren referenced an instance before the Nevada caucus weeks ago, where union leaders' phone numbers and addresses were posted online and they were harassed.

"These are tough women who own labor-organizing campaigns, earned their jobs in their union the hard way — and yet said for the first time because of this onslaught of online threats, that they felt really under attack," Warren said.

She added: "We are responsible for the people who claim to be our supporters and do really threatening, ugly, dangerous things to other candidates."

When asked by Maddow if she has spoken with Sanders' supporters about the harassment, Warren said she had — briefly.

"It was short," she said of her conversation with Sanders.

"But yeah, we've talked about it. But I think it's a real problem.

"I shouldn't speak for him. I think that's something he should speak for himself on," she said of what Sanders has done about the ongoing harassment.

He condemned the attacks previously, and said he was "disgusted" by them.

"I think the Twitter world is an opportunity for people to debate issues…but not to make vitriolic attacks on someone because you disagree with them," Sanders said on Wednesday.

Warren told Maddow that although disagreements over politics and policies happen, the attacks and harassment need to stop.

"It's something that we need to reckon with our political discourse in particular because this is what politics is about, is to get out there and put your ideas out there," Warren said.

"But what underlines that is a fundamental human decency and respect for each other – and understanding that nobody tries to put someone's family at risk or somebody personally at risk because they disagree with you on the politics of it, because they see the policy different, because they don't support your candidate and they support some other candidate — no.

She then called for people to not reflect the same rhetoric seen in other politicians.

"If we follow that same kind of politics of division that Donald Trump follows… He draws strength from tearing people apart," Warren said.

"It's not who i wanna be as a democrat. It's not who I wanna be as an American.

"And to the extent that I have any power to control that, I do what I can and I call on others to do the same.

She added: "And I think we have to have some accountability around that."

Before he dropped out of the race earlier this week, Mike Bloomberg's campaign had likened graffiti on the former NYC Mayor's campaign offices to Sanders' supporters rhetoric.

Graffiti on the offices read things like "F**k Bloomberg" and "Eat the Rich."

Sanders' campaign did not publicly respond to the incident.

Warren announced yesterday she was suspending her campaign in a tearful message to her supporters.

"I will not be running for president in 2020, but I guarantee I will stay in the first for the hardworking folks across this country who have gotten the short end of the stick over and over."

Warren added: "It's been the fight of my life and will continue to be so."

Despite speculation over whether she would endorse Sanders, the more progressive democratic candidate, or former Vice President Biden, Warren did not immediately voice her support for either.

"Let's take a deep breath and spend a little time on it," Warren said.

"We don't have to decide that this minute."

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