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Claim: Angry Bernie Sanders supporters threw chairs during an adversarial Nevada Democrat convention in May 2016.
WHAT'S TRUE: Video captured during the Nevada Democrats' convention depicts a man briefly picking up a chair before placing it back down without throwing it.
WHAT'S FALSE: Despite extensive YouTube, Periscope, and photographic documentation captured by supporters of both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, no available images document anyone's throwing chairs at the Nevada convention.
Much of the initial reporting came from local journalist Jon Ralston, who live-tweeted events as they occurred at the convention on 14 May 2016. While Ralston didn't report at the time that chairs were being thrown at the convention, he later tweeted that:
Jon Ralston @RalstonReports
Hey, Berniebot chair-throwing truthers: It happened. People saw it, inc. one journo who was there and reported it. letstalknevada.com... …
The Nevada Democratic Convention last weekend was highly contentious, as many Bernie Sanders’ supporters and delegates felt that they were denied their voice. The key complaints included 64 uncredentialed delegates, a questionable voice vote, and a motion at the end of the night that was ignored by the party chair. But instead of these issues highlighting the news, attention turned to accounts of “violent acts” by Sanders supporters. However, delegates who were at the convention said there was no violence at all.
Another delegate shared on Reddit that many people claimed a Clinton supporter was assaulted and fell to the floor after Barbara Boxer’s speech. He wrote that he was there, five feet away, and the woman had actually fainted from heat and stress. She was not assaulted.
The term swiftboating (also spelled swift-boating or swift boating) is a pejorative American neologism used to describe an unfair or untrue political attack.
There are so many stories of Roberta Lange receiving “death threats” but in none of these stories do they actually post any of them as example. There are examples of people calling her names, telling her to burn in hell, and that there should be a public execution, but where did anyone actually say “I am going to kill you.” There aren’t any.
So why all the focus on Sanders supporters being “violent” and never on the Clinton supporter? There is much more proof that Clinton’s people are planning violence but no one seems to want to address that.
What appears to be happening is that the Clinton camp and the DNC are trying to paint ALL Sanders supporters as having a violent history so they have justification for arresting them at the convention for the most minor of infractions, such as voicing their opinion. Dianne Feinstein is already making comparisons to what happened in 1968, setting the stage for the police to round up anyone the DNC disagrees with