Election 2016

Sanders Thanks Rahm Emanuel for Not Endorsing Him, as Chicago Mayor Faces Increasing Calls to Resign

It was kind of a back-handed thank you. Point to Sanders.

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Ahead of the Illinois Democratic primary on Tuesday, Senator Bernie Sanders took a moment to thank the mayor of the state’s largest city for not endorsing his presidential campaign. Sanders said he does not want Democratic Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s support, given the mayor’s role in closing public schools and firing teachers while maintaining cozy relations with Wall Street banks. Sanders stopped short of calling for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to resign but said he’s sympathetic to Chicago residents who are asking for the mayor to step down. He made the comments at Argo Community High School in Summit, Illinois, where he was introduced by Jesús "Chuy" García. Last year, García mounted a spirited but unsuccessful challenge against incumbent Emanuel. We speak with Jesús "Chuy" García, who is now a national surrogate for Sanders, and Veronica Morris-Moore, a youth organizer with the group Fearless Leading by the Youth. She helped organize the #ByeAnita campaign to oppose the re-election of Anita Alvarez, Cook County state’s attorney. Both Emanuel and Alvarez have faced calls to resign over an alleged cover-up of the police killing of Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times. The city released video of the shooting following a judge’s order more than a year after it happened; Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder the same day.

Watch: What's at stake for Illinois and the Chicago mayor?

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