Latina activist: Sanders supporters shouted 'english only' at me

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Civil rights leader and Hillary Clinton supporter Dolores Huerta says she was met with cries of "English only!" after she offered translation services at a casino caucus site in Nevada on Saturday.

"What happened is the person who was running the caucus said we need a translator and he said the first person that comes to the stage can be the translator, so I walked up to the front and then some of the organizers, the Bernie organizers, decided to shout 'no, no, no,'" she told CNN. "Then a Bernie person stood up and said, I can also do translation. So then the person running the caucus said we won't have a translator... then some of the organizers were shouting 'English only, English only.' This is bad."


When asked by ThinkProgress how she knew that the chants came from Sanders supporters, Huerta said the caucus process made it "really clear." "The room was divided with the Hillary people on one side and the Bernie people on the other," she said. "It was really unfortunate, because there were many Spanish-speaking voters, the casino workers. We wanted to make it more comfortable for them, so they could know what was going on." Actress America Ferrera, a fellow Hillary supporter, also tweeted about the incident.



Shortly after news broke of the incident, "Dolores Huerta" began trending on Twitter. Many users expressed their sympathy with the civil rights leader.





However, some Twitter users have called Huerta's account into question due to a video that has been circulating allegedly taken at the event:


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HENDERSON, NV - FEBRUARY 20: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) gives a concession speech at the Henderson Pavilion on February 20, 2016 in Henderson, Nevada. Sanders lost to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the Nevada caucus. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., center, waves to hotel workers at MGM Grand hotel and casino Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
People line up to participate in the Democratic caucus at the University of Nevada Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Reno, Nev. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., center, pauses for photos with hotel workers at MGM Grand hotel and casino Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton visits with Harrah's Las Vegas employees on the day of the Nevada Democratic caucus, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
A supporter listens to Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., at a rally Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in Reno, Nev. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Actress Susan Sarandon walks onto the stage to introduce Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., at a rally Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in Reno, Nev. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., center, acknowledges the cheering crowd after a rally Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A man holds up signs while listening to Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., at a rally, Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., center, sings with musicians and actors after a rally Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Sara Watts, center, and other supporters cheer for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., while waiting for the arrival of Sen. Sanders at a rally Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Students listen to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at Del Sol High School, Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton meets with students at Del Sol High School, Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a rally Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in Reno, Nev. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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A Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, precinct captain arranges campaign buttons on a table ahead of the Nevada Democratic presidential caucus at Desert Oasis High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. Today voters weigh in on the Democratic battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders competing in the Nevada caucuses with Clinton believed to have the advantage in the western state because of its heavily Hispanic electorate, but some recent polls show the race tied. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Caucusgoers line up to check-in before casting their vote for a Democratic presidential candidate ahead of the Nevada caucus at Desert Oasis High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. Today voters weigh in on the Democratic battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders competing in the Nevada caucuses with Clinton believed to have the advantage in the western state because of its heavily Hispanic electorate, but some recent polls show the race tied. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 20: Voters chant as they wait in line to get into a Democratic caucus at Caesars Palace on February 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nevada voters are caucusing to decide between Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT). (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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