The U.S.'s largest nurses union has accused Hillary Clinton campaigners of deceiving Democratic voters in Nevada at Saturday's caucuses by wearing red t-shirts that people typically identify with their union. Now the union is suggesting that Senator Bernie Sanders, who it endorsed for president, request U.N. election observers.
From what nurses observed in Nevada Sanders campaign should call for UN observers to protect democracy #FeelTheBern pic.twitter.com/QqaQArl8tc — NationalNursesUnited (@NationalNurses) February 21, 2016
Raw Story broke the story after National Nurses United Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro tweeted a series of pictures showing Clinton volunteers receiving the red t-shirts normally associated with the union, which is the largest registered nurses union in the United States with more than 180,000 members.
Union spokesperson Chuck Idelson told Raw Story that the red tees were not a first for Clinton supporters and that when nurses attending the caucuses pointed out the Clinton people to the press, they immediately changed back into Clinton campaign blue tees.
We're stronger when we work together! NNU, @APWUnational & @CWAUnion join to elect the ppl's candidate! #BernieBus pic.twitter.com/jmws3mpMWb — NationalNursesUnited (@NationalNurses) February 19, 2016
Clinton defeated Sanders in the Nevada caucuses with 52 percent of the vote compared to Sanders’ 48 percent, winning 19 delgates compared to Sanders' 15. The two candidates will face off next in South Carolina on Saturday.
The nurses union announced their support for Sanders in August after saying that the Vermont Senator's platform was "perfectly aligned” with their political views on what they said are “the most critical problems facing the U.S.”
The union posted on its website 10 reasons why it endorses Bernie Sanders, ranging from income inequality to guaranteeing health care to all to holding Wall Street and corporations accountable, among other issues.