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Posted by on Feb 20, 2016 in 2016 Presidential Election | 7 comments

Bernie Sanders Supporter Tries to Place Hillary Clinton Obit in Las Vegas Newspaper

Bernie Sanders supporter Don Schubert attempted to place a Hillary Clinton obit in the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper, prompting a Secret Service alert.

Schubert claimed that the obit attempt was meant to be “political humor.” Only, it’s wasn’t funny in the least.

Las Vegas Review-Journal:  The man, who identified himself as Don Schubert, was asked to leave the newspaper building’s lobby after he filled out a standard obituary form identifying the deceased as Hillary Rodham Clinton, and listing her date of death as Feb. 20, 2016, the date of Saturday’s Democratic Party presidential caucuses. Previously he had called the newsroom to complain about the coin flips that determined the outcome of some Iowa caucuses last month.

The man was seen leaving the RJ parking lot in a maroon Toyota Prius bearing several Bernie Sanders campaign stickers. A security guard said he was also wearing a Sanders sticker on his shirt. The official Sanders campaign website lists “Don Schubert’s House” in Long Beach, Calif., as the site of a volunteer phone bank.

This is just shameful and I am not surprised the Sanders campaign hasn’t said a word.

Presidential election news cross-posted from The Hinterland Gazette.

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  • What one-sided thought here. You get upset about the actions of a single supporter who the campaign has zero control over or responsibility for, while you ignore the dishonesty seen from Clinton herself and her campaign.

    The article ends with “Neither the Sanders nor Clinton campaigns responded to requests for comment.” Exactly how it should be. This is so irrelevant that even the Clinton campaign, which frequently tries to run with non-issues, so far has realized how ridiculous they would look if they tried to make an issue out of this. I imagine that if it gets big enough the Sanders campaign might be forced to comment, but for now the proper reaction is to ignore it.

    • Ron — The Sanders campaign should say something, especially since Schubert’s home was listed as a volunteer phone bank for the campaign. This isn’t funny. I don’t care which supporter does it.

      • Being a phone bank volunteer is rather meaningless. Anyone could go on line and sign up to volunteer to make phone calls in a couple of minutes.

        The individual was wrong to do this but it was not under the control of the campaign, and this is trivial compared to the actions from Clinton and her surrogates.

        Writing a fake obituary is nothing compared to Clinton sitting on a debate stage fabricating a story about Sanders writing an anti-Obama forward to a book or Chelsea going around telling people that Sanders will take away their Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare. It is also rather trivial compared to the Reverend Wright and Muslim smears they engaged in against Obama eight years ago.

  • It’s been done before, but normally on the Editorials Page.

  • Apparently a premature obituary.

    Several news organizations are projecting Hillary Clinton the winner in Nevada.

  • It seems odd that there is so much directed at a candidates general public supporters. I can’t recall seeing this before. Should we start running background checks on anyone attending a public campaign rally? “Sally says she supports Clinton, but in 2002 she got arrested for possession of cocaine!” Just weird. My favorites are “some anonymous guy on the Internet was rude and a Sanders supporter!!!” Odd new dynamic.

    • This has become a common tactic of Clinton supporters who are following the tactics of their candidate. Attack and distract, and avoid the actual issues. It is the same as what the Clintons do in response to every scandal.

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