A TIME magazine article on Wednesday falsely accused Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders of yelling “English only” at a Latina civil rights activist.
A bizarre controversy erupted during the Democratic primary in Nevada in which Sen. Sanders (I-VT) supporters were accused of yelling at famed rights hero Huerta to speak in “English only.”
The accusation spread on social media when pro-Hillary celebrity America Ferrera tweeted it had happened, but was largely debunked when a video surfaced, which seemed to show that a group did not break into a chant demanding that Huerta, a supporter of Sanders’ rival, Hillary Clinton, speak only in English.
An interview with Clinton supporter David Brock in TIME Magazine took the misinformation a little further in its introduction, which said “All the pushback on misleading news reports that Bernie Sanders won the Latino vote (he didn’t) in Nevada, trackers following Sanders catching his every gaffe like when he yelled “English, only!” into a mic at a Nevada event or pushing polling showing Clinton winning amongst African Americans in South Carolina—those all come from from Brock.”
The post has since been corrected, and now reads:
“All the pushback on misleading news reports that Bernie Sanders won the Latino vote (he didn’t) in Nevada, trackers following Sanders catching his every gaffe or pushing polling showing Clinton winning amongst African Americans in South Carolina—those all come from from Brock.”
Sanders was never personally accused of chanting “English only” at Huerta and it’s unclear if he was even physically present.
The video shows that there seems to be disagreement in the crowd about Huerta providing Spanish-language translation, but there was no evidence of anyone chanting “English only.”
Around the 53-minute mark, a woman can be heard telling the caucus chair, “Some people don’t speak English. Do you have a Spanish translator with you?”
“It doesn’t say anything yes or no, but sure,” the chair replies. “Who is a Spanish speaker?”
He then says the first Spanish speaker onstage gets to translate.
When Huerta gets onstage, it seems members of the audience are unhappy about it, saying she was a “surrogate.”
“The fact is that I bet half of this room is fluent in Spanish, is that correct?” the chair says, adding, “The point being… you’re gonna be able to understand if she’s saying something that’s pro-Hillary, right?”
After more crosstalk, he concludes, “We’re moving forward in English only.”
The video is included here: