Hillary Clinton’s campaign is attempting to trick Bernie Sanders supporters in Nevada into voting for Clinton by disguising themselves as nurses affiliated with the National Nurses United union (NNU), which has thrown its support behind Sanders.
NNU executive director RoseAnn DeMoro caught Clinton staffers red-handed changing from blue Hillary Clinton campaign shirts into red shirts of the same shade as the red shirts NNU members are wearing, in an apparent attempt to confuse voters:
— RoseAnn DeMoro (@RoseAnnDeMoro) February 20, 2016
— NationalNursesUnited (@NationalNurses) February 20, 2016
The shirts Hillary’s campaign workers are wearing are nearly identical to the shirts NNU nurses wear on the campaign trail with Bernie:
— Charles Idelson (@cidelson) February 20, 2016
The t-shirt dupe was reported just after precincts opened for today’s Nevada caucus, which may very well shape the entire trajectory of the remaining Democratic primaries and caucuses. The stakes for Bernie Sanders couldn’t be higher, as a win in a state like Nevada, with prominent Latino representation, would prove his viability with voters of color.
This is just the latest in a series of questionable tactics the Hillary Clinton campaign has engaged in during the week leading up to the Nevada caucus. Earlier this week, ABC News confirmed an instance of push polling, which, as Las Vegas-based author Nolan Dalla pointed out in a recent viral blog post, comes straight from the Karl Rove playbook of dirty campaign tricks. A push poll is when someone masquerading as an independent pollster calls a voter leaning toward the opposing candidate, and asks them a series of questions meant to cast doubt on the opposing candidate. While this in itself seems harmless, Dalla explained the insidious nature of push polling:
What makes this so reprehensible is that many voters will not be able to discern truth from fiction. They will conclude the “poll” feeling they were important enough to receive a phone call mistakenly believing they were asked fair questions and then were left with lingering doubts about the viability of Bernie Sanders as a presidential candidate.
Bernie Sanders supporters on Reddit are documenting any and all instances of fraudulent behavior and dirty tricks in Nevada, and are encouraging caucus-goers to document and report any suspicious behavior in this thread.