Elizabeth Warren criticized Bernie Sanders after his supporters allegedly released personal information about the leadership of an influential Nevada union, telling NBC News that Bernie "has a lot of questions to answer" about the incident. Culinary Union 226, whose endorsement is highly sought after in the Nevada Caucuses, said its members were "visciously attacked" online by Sanders supporters. Warren told NBC "that is not how we build an inclusive Democratic Party." The comments could delay a detente between the two after their longstanding cordial relationship began to fray around the Iowa debate. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
Tensions continued to grow between Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders Tuesday when the Massachusetts senator called on her Democratic presidential campaign rival to address alleged attacks from his supporters on the leadership of an influential Nevada union. In an interview with NBC News at the Cardenas Market in Las Vegas, Warren said Sanders "has a lot of questions to answer" about his supporters allegedly releasing private information on women in the Culinary Workers Union Local 226. Last week, after the Nevada Independent obtained a flyer from the union criticizing Sanders' health care plan over eliminating private insurance, Culinary 226 members began reporting threatening calls and messages. "It's disappointing that Senator Sanders' supporters have viciously attacked the Culinary Union and working families in Nevada simply because our union has provided facts on what certain healthcare proposals might do to take away the system of care we have built over 8 decades," Geoconda Argüello-Kline, the union's secretary and treasurer, said in a statement last Wednesday. The Sanders campaign responded with a statement saying the union workers would get coverage "as comprehensive or more so than the health care benefits union workers currently receive." When asked by NBC's Ali Vitali whether Sanders has done enough to reign-in vitriol from his online supporters, Warren expressed concerns. "I've said before that we are all responsible for what our supporters do and I think Bernie has a lot of questions to answer here, and I am particularly worried about what happened in the attacks on members of the culinary union, particularly on the women in leadership," Warren said. "The whole notion of publishing their personal addresses, their phone numbers, and then making very agressive threats against their own safety and the safety of their families, that is not how we build an inclusive Democratic Party and it is now how we [beat] Donald Trump — we do not build on a foundation of hate," she added. The Sanders campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Sanders disavowed the attacks in an interview with PBS News Hour last Thursday and distanced himself from those involved. "Obviously, that is not acceptable to me," Sanders said. "And I don't know who these so-called supporters are. "You know, we are living in a strange world on the Internet," Sanders continued. "And, sometimes, people attack people in somebody else's name. But let me be very clear: anybody making personal attacks against anybody else in my name is not part of our movement. "We don't want them."SEE ALSO: Prominent Elizabeth Warren supporter says 'she's done' after her poor New Hampshire results Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: How to find water when you're stuck in the desert
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