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Civil Rights Leader Says Sanders Supporters Yelled At Her Over Spanish Translation

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 20/02/2016 Elise Foley
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Dolores Huerta, a civil rights leader who has endorsed Hillary Clinton, said Saturday that Bernie Sanders supporters shouted her down when she tried to offer Spanish-language translations at a Las Vegas caucus location -- including by chanting "English-only" -- ahead of Clinton's win in the Nevada Democratic caucuses.

"Shouting 'English-only' -- that is completely against the spirit of everything that we're working for," Huerta told The Huffington Post in a phone interview.

Actress America Ferrera, also there to support Clinton, tweeted about the incident, which they said took place at a caucus location in Harrah's Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.

Many of the caucus-goers were workers who spoke only Spanish, so she volunteered to do translation, Huerta said. But she said some Sanders supporters began to yell "No, no, no" and "English only," and in the end, they went without translation entirely.

"To deprive these voters at this crucial time of having a translation of what was going on -- this is something they need to know what's taking place," she said. "The caucus is a kind of complicated procedure. So the Bernie supporters would rather them not have any sort of translation rather than have someone like myself, who just happened to be a Hillary supporter, do the translation."

Had she translated something inaccurately, Huerta said, there were Spanish-speaking Sanders supporters who would have corrected her. 

MoveOn.org, which endorsed Sanders, replied to Ferrera and Huerta on Twitter to say it would be "totally unacceptable" if such reports were true.

The Sanders campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Huerta has been highly critical of Sanders, particularly over immigration and his past vote against comprehensive immigration reform in 2007.

 

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