“I hope the person that created it will think wisely about what kind of behavior he’s encouraging. Everyone has a voice and the right to make their voice heard,” said Ben Wikler, the Washington Director for MoveOn.org.
There is a great deal of irony in Wikler’s statement, considering Soros-funded MoveOn rose to prominence after joining riots at a Trump rally in Chicago.
As Bernie nears the convention, a fault line has steadily appeared among supporters.
The division between Bernie supporters over whether or not to pressure superdelegates serves as the line between DNC shills and a popular movement.
While an establishment-linked group, such as MoveOn.org, abhors these tactics, fervent Bernie voters enjoy more agency in supporting their candidate.
The website links visitors to a spreadsheet compiling the names, emails, phone numbers and addresses of superdelegates. Voters are encouraged to submit data in order to help complete the list.
The project originated from Spencer Thayer, a former Occupy Chicago protester, who first aired his plan with a now-deleted tweet asking, “So who wants to help start . . . a new website aimed at harassing Democratic Superdelegates?”
In 2012, Thayer gained notoriety after taunting a homeless man at a Chick-fil-A protest. A typical Sanders supporter, Thayer admitted to never voting in the Illinois primary, but the activist has dedicated his time to help in other ways.
Although the Sanders campaign claimed it never sanctioned outside efforts to contact superdelegates, Bernie has not condemned this latest online offensive by his supporters.
“We certainly don’t condone the harassment of anybody,” said campaign manager Jeff Weaver. Still, Hillary Clinton and other party insiders accuse Sanders supporters of harassment.
“There seems to be a growing level of anxiety in that campaign which I hope doesn’t spill over into the way that his supporters treat other people who have every right to support whomever they chose,” said Clinton at a campaign stop in New York.
Although Clinton is trying to shift focus toward the general election, Sanders has shown an unexpected level of resilience.
Recently, the Democratic Socialist argued superdelegates might flip in his favor, since Sanders outperformed Hillary in general election polls for many blue states.