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Bloomberg campaign charges Sanders supporters with vandalism

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  • Former Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s campaign field office in Knoxville, Tenn., was vandalized Thursday night.
  • Campaign manager Kevin Sheekey — without evidence — blamed Sen. Bernie Sanders supporters for the incident.
  • The office was tagged with phrases such as “OLIGARCH,” and “broken windows, broken homes.”
  • “We call on Bernie Sanders to immediately condemn these attacks and for his campaign to end the Trump-like rhetoric that is clearly encouraging his supporters to engage in behavior that has no place in our politics,” Sheekey said.
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The Bloomberg campaign blamed Bernie Sanders supporters for an apparent act of vandalism at a campaign field office in Knoxville, Tenn. without evidence. 

Kevin Sheekey, Bloomberg’s campaign manager, released a statement Friday afternoon calling out the Sanders camp. 

“We call on Bernie Sanders to immediately condemn these attacks and for his campaign to end the Trump-like rhetoric that is clearly encouraging his supporters to engage in behavior that has no place in our politics,” Sheekey said.

The office was tagged with phrases such as “OLIGARCH,” and “broken windows, broken homes.”

A Bloomberg campaign spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment asking for what evidence the campaign had to accuse Sanders supporters of Thursday night’s incident. 

In early February, a Sanders campaign co-chair controversially called former Mayor Mike Bloomberg an “oligarch.” But the Bloomberg campaign did not provide any evidence that would link the vandalism to Sanders supporters.

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