Bernie SandersBernie SandersWTO faces renewed scrutiny amid omicron threat Overnight Health Care — Presented by March of Dimes — Abortion access for 65M women at stake Hospitals in underserved communities face huge cuts in reckless 'Build Back Better' plan MORE pushed back on Tuesday against the commonly held belief that Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublican Ohio Senate candidate slams JD Vance over previous Trump comments Budowsky: Why GOP donors flock to Manchin and Sinema Countering the ongoing Republican delusion MORE will win the Democratic presidential nomination, saying such conclusions would be more at home in a monarchy.

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“We don’t live, thank God, in an authoritarian country. People dissent,” he said during an interview with NBC’s “Today" show. “If we take your assumption and Clinton’s supporters’ assumption of the logical conclusion, you know what we should do? We should go back to a monarchy and not have any elections at all.” 

Sanders rejected the idea that his candidacy hurts Clinton's poll numbers delaying party unity. He also tried to temper his recent comment that the Democratic National Convention could get “messy,” which raised eyebrows after a contentious party convention in Nevada erupted into heated protests earlier this month.

“The media takes words out of context. The context of that was 'democracy is messy,' that people will have a vigorous debate on the issues," he said. 

But when asked specifically whether he believed the party's national convention in July would get messy, Sanders said, “Of course it will be — that’s what democracy is about."

He brushed aside questions about whether he would campaign for Clinton in the fall, cutting off NBC’s Kristen Welker when she tried to ask. But he also repeated his assertion that presumptive GOP nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpBiden heading to Kansas City to promote infrastructure package Trump calls Milley a 'f---ing idiot' over Afghanistan withdrawal First rally for far-right French candidate Zemmour prompts protests, violence MORE “would be a disaster if he was elected president.”