Democratic Socialist and progressive U.S. Sen Bernie Sanders (I-VT) appeared this morning on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and discussed the censure by the Arizona Democrats of his colleague U.S. Sen Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ).
Sanders applauded the move by the party that he caucuses with, calling it “exactly right” and accused the GOP of moving in an “anti-democratic way.”
Host Chuck Todd asked Sanders, “Do you think though it’s been healthy for the Democrat party to highlight the division in the party?”
“You know, you look at Senator Sinema, she was censured by the Arizona Democratic party over what some will look at as a disagreement over tactics, not over substance, but over tactics, do you think that was an appropriate action?” Todd wondered.
Sanders responded, “Yeah, I do, I think that’s exactly right. Look, on that issue of voting rights, this is something that’s almost different than almost anything else.”
“What that is, is that right now you have a Republican party under Trump’s leadership, that is perpetuating this big lie that Trump actually won this election,” Sanders claimed.
Sanders then suggested, “Therefore you have 19 Republican states that are moving very aggressively into voter suppression, into extreme gerrymandering, some of these states are doing away with the powers of independent election officials.
“They are moving in a very, very anti-democratic way and it was absolutely imperative that we changed the rules so that we could pass strong voting rights legislation,” Sanders insisted.
“All Republicans voted against us, two Democrats voted against us. That was a terrible, terrible vote. And I think what the Arizona Democratic Party did was exactly right,” Sanders concluded.