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Bernie Sanders jabs back at Jerry Brown, ‘Democratic establishment’

Bernie Sanders on Tuesday jabbed back at Gov. Jerry Brown’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton in the presidential campaign, saying he is accustomed to opposition from “the Democratic establishment.”

“I will tell you that in every state that we have gone into, we have taken on the entire Democratic establishment,” Sanders said in response to a question about the Democratic governor’s endorsement. “It’s not surprising to me that, you know, we will have the Democratic establishment supporting Hillary Clinton.”

He added, “I like Jerry Brown, but people can make their own choices.”

One week before California’s June 7 primary, Sanders stopped for reporters in a hotel hallway after leaving a news conference without taking any questions.

When pressed, he said of the event with members of the California Nurses Association, “It was more of a rally, but what’s on your mind?”

Sanders continues to campaign furiously in California, despite Clinton’s near-lock on the nomination. After spending time in the Central Valley in recent days, the Vermont senator said he has not studied controversial proposals to increase pumping from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. He gave a similar response earlier this month.

“Actually, it’s not an issue that I have studied,” Sanders said. “I mean, I think clearly there’s going to have to be more federal, state and local cooperation in a crisis situation.”

Sanders planned to rally supporters in Santa Cruz and Monterey later Tuesday, then in Palo Alto and Davis on Wednesday. Following a rally in Oakland on Monday, Sanders appeared in the stands at Oracle Arena to watch the Golden State Warriors complete their come-from-behind, Game 7 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference finals.

David Siders: 916-321-1215, @davidsiders

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