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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LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 20: Attendees watch caucus returns during a caucus day event for democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Caesers Palace on February 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hillary Clinton defeated Democratic rival U.S.Sen Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the Nevada Democratic caucuses. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 20: Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton embraces her husband former U.S. president Bill Clinton during a caucus day event at Caesers Palace on February 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hillary Clinton defeated Democratic rival U.S.Sen Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the Nevada Democratic caucuses. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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)
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 20: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and his wife, Jane O'Meara Sanders, (R) greet voters as they visit the Western High School caucus site on February 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sanders and Hillary Clinton wait for the voters to weigh in as they head to the polls in the Democratic caucus. (Photo by Joe Raedle/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. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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)
Eligible caucus voters arrive at Del Sol Academy of the Performing Arts in Las Vegas to participate in First in the West presidential caucus on February 20, 2016. / AFP / John GURZINSKI (Photo credit should read JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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