Sen. Bernie Sanders reacted to the Iowa cucus debacle Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," saying that "the incompetence there in Iowa was just extraordinary" and the unclear outcome was "an embarrassment."
SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (I-VT), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Look, all I can say about Iowa is, it was an embarrassment.
It was a disgrace to the good people of Iowa, who take their responsibilities in the caucuses very seriously. They screwed it up badly, is what the Iowa Democratic Party did.
But, at the end of the day, to me, what is most important -- and I don't know how anybody can debate it -- we ended up on the first ballot 6,000 votes ahead of anybody else.
And after the realignment process, which is a fine process, we ended up 2,500 votes ahead of Mayor Buttigieg. When you win an election by 6,000 or 2,500 votes, from where I come from, you win the primary or the caucus.
So, we are confident that we, in fact, won the Iowa caucus. And I thank the people of Iowa for that.
TAPPER: Do you think that the Democratic Party, whether the Iowa Democratic Party or the DNC, was trying to hurt you, though? SANDERS: I have no idea.
And that's -- we're going to monitor the situation closely, but that's not my impression at this point.
Look, all I can tell you, Jake, is what I think most Americans know. We are taking on the entire establishment. We are taking on corporate America. We are taking on Trump and the Republican establishment. And there are a lot of people in the Democratic establishment who are not, to say the least, enthusiastic about Bernie Sanders.
But I'm not casting any aspersions on -- political aspersions. The incompetence there in Iowa was just extraordinary.