Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) told CNN's Poppy Harlow Thursday morning that Bernie Sanders should not run for president as a Democrat.
"Bernie Sanders is not a Democrat," Meeks said. "I don't understand why Bernie Sanders, who does not want to become a member of the Democratic Party... [would] run as a Democrat. We've 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. He is not a Democrat."
"To me, I would not allow a Republican to run as a Democrat for the Democratic nomination," he added.
"You don't think he should be allowed to run in the Democratic primary?" CNN host Poppy Harlow asked.
"He should be a Democrat. I think that he should say, if he wants to be a Democrat, he should register in the Democratic Party. And then you can talk about running to be my representative. I want a Democrat to be my representative as president of the United States.