So much for freedom of speech.
Bernie Sanders supporters at Day One of the Democratic National Convention claim people were seizing their pro-Sanders signs in an effort to suppress the heavy support he was receiving on the convention floor.
The allegations began flying Monday night on Twitter just as the convention kicked off. Many Sanders supporters in the arena booed every mention of presumed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, creating a divisive atmosphere at what is supposed to be the party’s big celebration.
“They are ripping signs out of people’s hands and threatening no credentials tomorrow if we hold up signs,” one Sanders delegate allegedly said in a text message exchange posted online by a friend.
— Lisa Rico (@dizzyeyes) July 25, 2016
A video that was first posted to Twitter and later uploaded to YouTube shows a man in a suit allegedly taking a Sanders campaign sign from an attendee:
Despite the claim that the man is confiscating Sanders signs, it’s not entirely clear what is actually happening in the video. When the video starts, the man in the suit already has a large Sanders sign, and a person appears to hand over a smaller Sanders sticker quite willingly.
Other tweets claim that party operatives began handing out “Love Trumps Hate” signs to the audience in an effort to drown out the many Sanders signs. Some of the Vermont senators’ supporters quickly began modifying the paraphernalia to be pro-Sanders, though.
— Sputnik US (@SputnikNewsUS) July 25, 2016
This report, by Blake Neff, was cross-posted by arrangement with the Daily Caller News Foundation.