Sanders: Pelosi Being "Little Bit" Too Tough on AOC And Friends, You Cannot Alienate The Young People

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NBC: In an exclusive interview with Meet the Press, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) talks about his slipping poll numbers in the 2020 Democratic Primary and the feud between Speaker Pelosi and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez

CHUCK TODD: I'm very curious if you have -- of what you make of what's happening in the House of Representatives on the Democratic side, cause it does feel a bit like it's sort of insider-outsider.  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who was a volunteer on your campaign, she was very upset with Nancy Pelosi, and she said, 'When these comments first started, I kind of thought she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm's distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood.  But the persistent singling out, it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful, the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.'  Is this part of this bigger disruption that you helped lead four years ago, where the party is just having growing pains?  Or, what do you make of this dispute? 
 
SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS: Well Chuck, this is what I think.  I think it goes without saying that the future of our country, and the future of the Democratic Party, rest with young people.  And I'm very proud, by the way, in virtually every poll that I have seen, we are winning people under 45 or 50 years of age and younger. 
 
CHUCK TODD: You do well with younger voters in our poll as well, yeah.  
 
SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS: Okay. You know, and what Alexandria and other young women and women of color are saying, we have got to reach out to young people. We have to hear the pain of the working class of this country.  And that is causing some political disruption within the leadership of the Democratic Party.  And let me give you one example where I am very concerned.  I have helped lead the effort to expand community health centers in this country.   And right now, there's legislation in the House, the Democratic House, in real inflation, accounting for dollars, community health centers by 20%.  Unacceptable.  So I ex-- I support, you know, Alexandria's and the other women's desire to bring more people, and especially young people, working-class people into the Democratic Party.  That is the future of the Democratic Party and of this country --
 
CHUCK TODD: Do you think the speaker's being too tough on them? 
 
SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS: I think a little bit. I think you've got -- you cannot ignore the young people of this country who are passionate about economic and racial and social and environmental justice.  You got to bring them in, not alienate them. 



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