Sanders: Democratic convention could be 'messy'
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Bernie SandersBernie SandersNYT editorial board endorses Warren, Klobuchar for Democratic nomination for president Trump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Biden breaks away from 2020 pack in South Carolina MORE said the Democratic National Convention this summer could get “messy” as the Democratic hopeful seeks to have a profound influence on the party’s platform.


In a Monday interview with The Associated Press, the Vermont senator said he wants a party platform that reflects the needs of working-class families, the poor and young people. He called on the party to be open to his supporters, though he noted he will “condemn any and all forms of violence.”

"I think if they make the right choice and open the doors to working-class people and young people and create the kind of dynamism that the Democratic Party needs, it's going to be messy," Sanders told the AP. "Democracy is not always nice and quiet and gentle but that is where the Democratic party should go."

When pressed about a possible “messy” convention in Philadelphia, Sanders pushed back: "So what! Democracy is messy. Everyday, my life is messy. But if you want everything to be quiet and orderly and allow, you know, just things to proceed without vigorous debate, that is not what democracy is about.”

The interview comes as tensions within the party escalated at the recent Democratic convention in Nevada. Sanders’s supporters were largely blamed for the convention chaos, during which Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerFormer Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer joins DC lobbying firm Hillicon Valley: Ocasio-Cortez clashes with former Dem senator over gig worker bill | Software engineer indicted over Capital One breach | Lawmakers push Amazon to remove unsafe products Ocasio-Cortez blasts former Dem senator for helping Lyft fight gig worker bill MORE (D-Calif.) was booed and the chairwoman of the Nevada state party received death threats and obscene voicemail messages.

But the party gave Sanders a key concession Monday: He was able to name picks for one-third of the spots on the committee responsible for drafting the party’s platform.

Top Sanders supporters Cornell West and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) will be among those on the Democratic Party's important Platform Drafting Committee. The roster of the drafting committee, released by the Democratic National Committee on Monday, reflects the party's agreement that Sanders would have five supporters on the committee, compared to six for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNYT editorial board endorses Warren, Klobuchar for Democratic nomination for president Sanders v. Warren is just for insiders Alan Dershowitz: Argument president cannot be impeached for abusing power a 'strong one' MORE, the party's front-runner.

“There are two sides to every issue, and I'm sure that Secretary Clinton will have very vigorous proponents of her point of view as we will have," Sanders said in the Monday interview about the platform drafting.