“I’m delighted to bring you some really good news.” When Bernie Sanders steps in front of his supporters in the Texas city of San Antonio in the evening, he can be clearly seen the satisfaction. The fact that the 78-year-old campaigner has already left the state of Nevada at this point is not intended to prevent him from fully savoring the victory he achieved there. “Here is the future first lady of the United States,” calls the Vermont senator, pointing to his wife Jane, who stands next to him, visibly moved.
According to consistent forecasts, Sanders clearly won in Nevada at the time of his speech. The former Vice President Joe Biden, the young Pete Buttigieg, the two Senators Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar, the businessman Tom Steyer and the deputy Tulsi Gabbard, who was already completely behind him, followed at a large distance. Once again, they all had no chance against the left Sanders, who now leads the field of Democrats in the pre-election marathon comparatively clearly.
The satisfaction in Sanders’ speech of victory is certainly also a reaction to the anger of the past few days. The recent revelations of the Washington Post had made him angry. According to this, the Russian government is not only trying repeatedly to help Republican Donald Trump this year, but also to disrupt the Democratic primary. And to achieve this goal, Moscow especially wants to support Sanders, the newspaper reported, citing apparently well-informed sources.
Sanders: Russia tries to “split the Americans”
He had received a briefing from security officials “about a month ago,” Sanders said when faced with the report. This in turn raised the question of why the senator had not made the findings made available to him earlier.
Of course, Sanders can not help if Moscow reaches for him uninvited. Unlike President Trump, who was just trying to dismiss reports of Russian attempts at meddling as “disinformation,” the Democratic frontrunner appears to be taking the matter seriously. Russia should stay out of the elections, he says, that the interference is “thoroughly fed up”. The “ugliest” thing about it is that it tries to split the Americans in this way, according to Sanders. “They are trying to create chaos.”
Strengthen Sanders to Weaken America?
There can be no talk of chaos on election day in Nevada, but the Russia reports cause noticeable unrest at the party base. “To me, it’s all propaganda,” says retail saleswoman Carrie Harris, a Sanders fan who takes part in one of the “Caucus” meetings in the gym at “Oasis High School” in southwest Las Vegas. At these neighborhood meetings, people discuss and vote in several rounds about their party’s presidential candidacy. The fact that “the mainstream media has just come out with the history of Russia” only shows that “their goal is to harm Bernie,” Harris says indignantly.
Meanwhile, Sanders’ internal opponents are happy to take up the news. “It is no wonder that the Russians chose Sanders,” says Xochitl Foldenauer, a supporter of Joe Biden. “Bernie is a socialist who also recently had a heart attack. Those who want to weaken America or strive for Trump’s re-election, yes, are best strengthened by Sanders. ”Exactly such mean statements are“ the goal of the Russians and the Trump people, ”says Matt Andenoro, a Sanders voter. “They just want us to be hostile to each other and mangle.”
Like a sect
There is likely to be even greater division potential in a question that is also hotly debated among the Democrats in Nevada: What should the party do if, at the end of the nationwide pre-election process, no candidate has an absolute majority of delegate votes?