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  • Twitter Explodes Amid Charge Bernie Sanders Supporters Chanted 'English Only' To Civil Rights Icon

    Actress America Ferrara posts tweet charging Sanders supporters with disrespectful chant to beloved Hispanic civil rights leader, but video is inconclusive.

    America Ferrara late Saturday afternoon posted a tweet accusing Bernie Sanders supporters at a Nevada caucus site repeatedly yelling at 85-year old civil rights icon, and labor and Hispanic leader Dolores Huerta, "English-only."

    Ferrara is an Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actress best known for her roles in Ugly Betty and How to Train Your Dragon. She and Dolores Huerta are both Hillary Clinton supporters.

    BuzzFeed News White House reporter Evan McMorris-Santoro tweeted he had a source who confirmed the ugly attack:

    And later, a second source:

    Washington Post national political reporter Dave Weigel added to the fury with this tweet:

    Weigel also retweeted this:

    Almost immediately, given she is a famous actress with nearly 100,000 followers, well-known political figures weighed in, including MSNBC's Joy Ann Reid:

    Then Huerta herself took to Twitter:

    Twitter quickly exploded in anger:

    How did Huerta know the hecklers were Sanders supporters?

    ThinkProgress' Alice Ollstein reports Huerta "said it was 'really clear' thanks to the caucus process."

    “The room was divided with the Hillary people on one side and the Bernie people on the other,” Huerta said.

    “The fellow that was running the caucus said that the first person to come up to the stage could translate, so I went up. Nobody else did,” Huerta told ThinkProgress. “Then the Bernie people started yelling no, no, no. One of their people came up, and I suggested we both translate. But the moderator decided we would have no translation. So the Bernie people preferred we would have no translation just because I was going to do the translating. It’s ridiculous, because if I had said something that wasn’t accurate, I’m sure somebody would have corrected me.”

    Huerta also spoke with the Huffington Post, saying, "Shouting 'English-only' -- that is completely against the spirit of everything that we're working for." 

    "To deprive these voters at this crucial time of having a translation of what was going on -- this is something they need to know what's taking place," Huerta also told HuffPo. "The caucus is a kind of complicated procedure. So the Bernie supporters would rather them not have any sort of translation rather than have someone like myself, who just happened to be a Hillary supporter, do the translation." 

    ABC News Deputy Political Director offers this explanation:

    Later, Vox posted this video, noting "the shouts aren't entirely distinct, and it doesn't prove that they were shouting 'English only.'":

    Vox's Dara Lind reports, "if the reports of 'English only' chants are true, it could damage" the Sanders campaign "outreach to Latino voters."

    It's not just a rebuke to Huerta — who is one of the more iconic Latinas in American political and labor history — or to Latinos. It's a rebuke to the Sanders campaign's concerted effort to reach out to Latino voters in Nevada, including Spanish speakers.

    Raw Story adds that someone named Erin Cruz "told the fact-checking site Snopes that she was at the event along with members of a nurses’ union as well as actresses Gabby Hoffman and Susan Sarandon, and said that it was the moderator who asked for “English-only” during the event, and not any Sanders supporter."

    Hoffman and Sarandon are both Sanders supporters.


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    • commented 2016-03-28 03:26:53 -0400
      Clinton Foundation gave $100,000 to the Delores Huerta Foundation on at least one occasion. There is likely more where that came from. So as beloved as Huerta might be, like Congressman Lewis and many other civil rights icons, she is on the take. Many can not resist the Clinton Cash!!!

    • commented 2016-02-22 09:42:56 -0500
      Do some research once in a while. This is the quality of content to be expected from Jean Anne Esselink: biased and completely untethered from reality. Maybe you need to change the blog name to the Status Quo Movement.

    • commented 2016-02-21 22:19:58 -0500
      Watch clear video evidence that Bernie supporters did not chant “Only English” and were not in the wrong. This is not an attack on anyone, it’s only about truth and justice.

      (In the video) Clinton supporters ask for a Spanish translator, which is perfectly good and fine. The Moderator asks, who will translate. Immediately they say “Dolores Huerta!” and usher her up on stage to translate. But it’s illegal in Nevada for a partisan party to do so. Bernie supporters said “No surrogate!” and were very well within their rights to ask for a neutral, calling “neutral, neutral.” A Sanders supporter went up to translate as well, but the neutral moderator said “Only English”. Bern camp never chanted it. The campaign is about compassion and human rights, social justice, not racism! Dolores Huerta and America Ferrera will not take their false accusations down from twitter or apologize.

      Begin watching at 35:30: https://www.ustream.tv/embed/recorded/83452078?html5ui

      Further detailed and debunked on Snopes: http://www.snopes.com/sanders-english-only-huerta/

      Don’t mind the other news outlets, they have chosen not to get it right yet despite the evidence being out and thrown at them for over a day. Could they be any more obvious.

      Documents have also surfaced that Dolores received a $100,000 “donation” from the Clinton foundation. Not sure if that’s related. http://990s.foundationcenter.org/990pf_pdf_archive/300/300048438/300048438_201012_990PF.pdf

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    • commented 2016-02-21 19:54:23 -0500
      So let me get this straight…. If I show up to Caucus wearing a Hillary tshirt or stand amidst Hillary’s group and heckle her openent or his constituents…. then it will reflect poorly on her and her campaign? Wow. Lest we forget; "Nothing is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. -MLK

      There is no proof that they were actually Bernie supporters. They could have been Trump or Clinton supporters for all we know. Call me skeptical, but I want to know specifics. These allegations are serious. No assumptions, half truths and one sided hearsay…. skip the drama and finger pointing….. facts first.

    • commented 2016-02-21 16:03:20 -0500
      Shane on you all!! I have no problem calling America Ferrera and Dolores Huerta liars- because they in fact DID lie. There is a UStream video prove it. A full retraction and apology are warranted. Also no mention of the $100k donation Huerta received from The Clinton Foundation. Slanted and Biased article.

    • commented 2016-02-21 13:41:31 -0500
      This is a false story. Sanders supporters respect and revere icons like Huerta and Lewis. That these warriors would willingly besmirch a fellow traveler on the unending road to Civil Rights and use their status as such to shut down dissension and have the record corrected breaks my heart. HRC was a Goldwater Girl in the Sixties. She and her husband created the Third-way centralization of the Liberal Democrat party that gave us Bush and Citizens United. Lewis walked back his off-the-cuff assertions as did Huerta. The one that owes the world an apology is America Ferrera who tweeted this nonsense knowing what havoc it would wreak. Huerta was offended because they were shouting “Neutral” – as in neutral translator – as required by Nevada Caucus Rules. Shame on you.

    • commented 2016-02-21 06:08:58 -0500
      This article is slanted… again with this.

      The longer video is posted on Surrandon’s page, so you knew when you posted this that no one chanted “English Only” at her. There is PHYSICAL evidence that it was a lie, and no one is admitting that. Just like Fox News… saying terrible lies about people, then saying sorry in rapid text at the end… text no one reads.

      Stop publishing lies, and manipulations. That isn’t what journalism should be.

    • commented 2016-02-20 23:50:47 -0500

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