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Sanders: Democratic primary not a ‘monarchy’

Bernie Sanders called out the Democratic presidential nomination process on Tuesday when he said that it wasn’t a “monarchy.”

“We don’t live, thank God, in an authoritarian country. People dissent,” he said during an interview with NBC’s “Today” show. “If we take your assumption and Clinton’s supporters’ assumption of the logical conclusion, you know what we should do? We should go back to a monarchy and not have any elections at all.”

The Hill reports:

Sanders rejected the idea that his candidacy hurts Clinton’s poll numbers delaying party unity. He also tried to temper his recent comment that the Democratic National Convention could get “messy,” which raised eyebrows after a contentious party convention in Nevada erupted into heated protests earlier this month.

“The media takes words out of context. The context of that was ‘democracy is messy,’ that people will have a vigorous debate on the issues,” he said.

But when asked specifically whether he believed the party’s national convention in July would get messy, Sanders said, “Of course it will be — that’s what democracy is about.”

He brushed aside questions about whether he would campaign for Clinton in the fall, cutting off NBC’s Kristen Welker when she tried to ask. But he also repeated his assertion that presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump “would be a disaster if he was elected president.”

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