PHOTOS: Bloomberg 2020 offices vandalized in Tenn., Ohio; Sanders supporters blamed

Kimberly Dole
February 21, 2020 - 2:16 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Democratic candidate Mike Bloomberg's 2020 campaign office in Knoxville, Tennessee was vandalized Thursday night after days of similar incidents, his campaign manager Kevin Sheekey said in a statement Friday.

"This latest incident at our Knoxville campaign office is exactly what we've been warning about. We don't know who is responsible for this vandalism, but we do know it echoes language from the Sanders campaign and its supporters. 

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The former mayor's other 2020 offices have been similarly attacked over the past week as well.

An office was vandalized in Toledo, Ohio, on Feb. 13. Then a Youngstown, Ohio, office was defaced on Feb. 14. And in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the words "Corporate Pig" were spray painted on the windows on Feb. 13.

The vandalism that has taken place involves language that mirrors attacks that Sen. Sanders’ supporters and staff has used online and in interviews, according to the statement.

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"Over the past week, we've seen similar attacks against Mike Bloomberg 2020 offices in multiple states. Fortunately, no one has been injured. But this needs to end before someone gets hurt," the statement said.

An Ohio office was defaced with signs calling Bloomberg an "OLIGARCH", language that mirrors attacks that Sen. Bernie Sanders and his staff have used.

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The statement calls on fellow Democratic presidential candidate Sanders to "immediately condemn" the attacks made towards Bloomberg's campaign.

Adding that they want the vandals to end the "Trump-like rhetoric that is clearly encouraging his supporters to engage in behavior that has no place in our politics."

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