Just hours after Clinton secured a narrow victory in Kentucky and Sanders took an even bigger win in Oregon than initially thought, Democrats insisted that the growing rift between the party establishment and Sanders supporters was nothing to worry about. But behind closed doors, many Democrats fear that we may see a repeat of the chaos of the 1968 Democratic convention.
With Sanders taking a defiant stance and Trump using Democratic discontent as an opportunity to attack the party, a heated convention in Philadelphia is becoming a very real possibility.
Roberta Lange, Nevada Democratic Chairwoman, is calling for an apology from Sanders. Lange says intense fallout from Nevada’s convention is a threat to the party’s ability to unite for the general election in November. The chairwoman stated that she felt she was owed an apology as well as others who felt unsafe.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein also commented on the matter on CNN, stating, “You know, I don’t want to go back to the ’68 convention because I worry about what it does to the electorate as a whole, and he should, too.”
Sanders says he does not condone violence, but his campaign has placed the blame on Debbie Wesserman Shultz, DNC Chairwoman.
Both national and state party leaders are growing increasingly worried that Sanders supporters, of whom many believe the political system is broken, will not rally behind Clinton if she becomes the nominee.