Barbara Boxer Inflated Safety Threat at Nevada Convention, Says Sanders Campaign Manager

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D., Calif.) / AP
• May 25, 2016 4:39 pm


Bernie Sanders’ campaign manager accused Sen. Barbara Boxer (D., Calif.) of overstating the safety threat posed by Sanders supporters at the Nevada Democratic convention.

"I don't want to see Sen. Barbara Boxer walking off the stage claiming she's in fear for her life while she's contemptuously blowing kisses at Sanders supporters," Jeff Weaver, the campaign manager, said on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360.

The Nevada convention, held on May 14, devolved into chaos after more delegates were allocated to Clinton than to Sanders. Sanders supporters, riled by the news, said the results had been skewed by a temporary set of rules.

Boxer, a Hillary Clinton supporter, said the Democratic Convention in Nevada "was a scary situation" and that she felt physically threatened by angry Bernie Sanders supporters.

"If I didn’t have a lot of security, I don’t know what would have happened," Boxer said in an interview with CNN.

Boxer claims she only blew kisses once bodyguards escorted her off the stage in an effort to defuse a tense situation.

"I was heading to the exit and they were following me with more of these vile comments. I used a sense of humor and I blew them kisses," Boxer said.

In an attempt to fix the divide between the two Democratic presidential candidates, Boxer said, "We need to be working to win this election to unify, not go back and pick fights with one another, and I’m not picking a fight with him. He [Weaver] wasn’t there."