Burning Bernie: Democratic leaders continue to pile on Sanders (VIDEO)

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks on stage during a campaign event in Vallejo, California, May 18, 2016. © Stephen Lam
Leading Democrats continue to slam Bernie Sanders for his reluctance to take responsibility for the fracas led by his supporters at the Nevada Democratic Convention, but some key leaders are pushing back against the criticism.

“I kind of agree with Bernie on this one,” Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri), a Hillary Clinton supporter, said during a Thursday interview on CBS This Morning. “I think that Nevada was an aberration. I think the millions of Bernie Sanders supporters are not people who want to resort to harassment and threats and throwing chairs."

“I do believe this was an outlier because I think the millions of people who support him are passionate and inspired by the message that Bernie is delivering,” she added.

McCaskill said the math lying in front of Sanders’ chances of winning the nomination is “unforgiving,” but added that she thought the Vermont senator would do his part when it comes time for the party to unite against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

During the Nevada convention last weekend, Sanders supporters became upset over the delegate selection process and reportedly threw chairs. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-California) said she feared for her life when she was booed during a speech in support of Clinton, and Nevada party state chairman Roberta Lange received threatening phone calls. However, there is no video evidence of violence taking place at the convention.

Former Ohio state senator and Sanders supporter Nina Turner told RT’s Ed Schultz that she was “in that room for eight hours.”

“I don’t know what happened when I left the room but there was no violence while I was in the room,” said Turner. “I haven’t seen police reports… or anyone being sent to hospital because someone was involved in some violent behavior. It really is a convenient narrative that the mainstream media has going on right now and also the DNC [leadership] is trying to malign the integrity and intent of the Bernie Sanders’ supporters, [by saying] ‘they’re all violent.’ There were teachers there, there were nurses there, blue collar workers… people just thought the process was unfair and they were voicing their opinions about that but no one tried to storm the stage or anything like that.”

Just yesterday, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) escalated the hyperbole by warning that if Bernie Sanders follows through on his intention to take his candidacy to the Democratic convention in July, it could spark unrest similar to that at the chaotic 1968 convention in Chicago, including the riots surrounding it.

“It worries me a great deal,” Feinstein told CNN’s Manu Raju. “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.”

“Everything our families care about is at stake here,” said Boxer, who also said she spoke to Sanders this week and found her colleague very upset, insisting, “my people wouldn’t do this.”

“I just told him, ‘Bernie, you need to take control of this.’”

Both California senators are Clinton supporters in the state hosting the next important primary, where significant delegate support is set to be delivered.

Seizing an opportunity to malign the Democratic front runner, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has praised Sanders in recent rallies, tweets and interviews, while condemning the nomination process and Clinton.

“Bernie Sanders is being treated very badly by the Democrats – they system is rigged against him,” Trump tweeted Wednesday. “Many of his disenfranchised fans are for me!”