Bernie Sanders on Protesters: "I Am Not A Great Fan Of Being Rude Or Disrupting Activities"

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) told CNN that he is "not a great fan" of protesters being disruptive and rude to Republican politicians in public.

"Should people who are Republican officials be disrupted when they're eating a meal at a restaurant? Is it appropriate for protesters to be banging on the doors of the Supreme Court?" CNN 'State of the Union' host Jake Tapper asked. "That's really what the debate is about."

"I am very strongly in favor of mobilizing the American people to stand up and fight for economic justice and social justice and racial and environmental justice," Sanders told Jake Tapper on Sunday. "And I think we have to mobilize people. I am not a great fan of being rude or disrupting activities."





"This is what I will say," Sanders started. "This election campaign is going to come down to two words, and that is voter turnout. And if you are out there, and you're sick and tired of what's gone on, of the very rich getting richer, while the middle class continues to struggle, then you're going to have to not only get out and vote, but you're going to have to get your friends and your families to vote."

Transcript, via CNN:

TAPPER: But I guess the debate is -- I don't think there's any Democrat, Democratic official who would disagree with what you just said.

The debate is, how aggressive? Should -- should people who are Republican officials be disrupted when they're eating a meal at a restaurant? Is it appropriate for protesters to be banging on the doors of the Supreme Court? That's really what the debate is about.

SANDERS: Well, I'm -- I am very strongly in favor of mobilizing the American people to stand up and fight for economic justice and social justice and racial and environmental justice.

And I think we have to mobilize people. I am not a great fan of being rude or disrupting activities.

But this is what I will say. This entire 2000 -- election campaign is going to come down to two words, and that is voter turnout. And if you are out there, and you're sick and tired of what's gone on, of the very rich getting richer, while the middle class continues to struggle, then you're going to have to not only get out and vote, but you're going to have to get your friends and your families to vote.

Four years ago, when the Republicans did really, really well, we had the lowest voter turnout since World War II. And that's got to change.

So, my hope is that people stand up, fight back and get involved in this campaign.

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