WFB: Rep. Gregory Meeks (D., N.Y.) on Thursday slammed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), a self-proclaimed democratic socialist, for not being a Democrat, insisting he wants a party member to be his representative as president of the United States.
Meeks appeared on CNN’s “Newsroom” with co-host Poppy Harlow, where he was asked what he thought about Sanders and the fact that he raised about $6 million in the first 24 hours after he announced that he was running for president. She began by reading a Politico Magazine op-ed by National Review editor Rich Lowry about how Sanders is “burdened by his utter lack of intersectionality.”
“Do you agree, and if so, is that also true for Vice President Joe Biden, if he jumps in?” Harlow asked.
“The difference for me is Bernie Sanders is not a Democrat, so I don’t understand why Bernie Sanders, who does not want to become a member of the Democratic Party—” Meeks said before Harlow cut him off to note that Sanders said he would run and then preside as a Democrat.
“Run as a Democrat. We have asked him on a continuous basis, ‘if, in fact, you want to be the Democratic nominee, you should be a Democrat. If you’re not a Democrat, you should not run. You should run as an independent,'” Meeks said. “He’s not a Democrat, so to me, I wouldn’t allow a Republican to run as a Democrat or for the Democratic nominee.” more