Bernie SandersBernie SandersOn The Money: Yellen touts 'whole-of-economy' plan to fight climate change | Senate GOP adopts symbolic earmark ban, digs in on debt limit GOP lawmaker demands review over FBI saying baseball shooting was 'suicide by cop' House Dems to unveil drug pricing measure ahead of Biden package MORE pushed back on Tuesday against the commonly held belief that Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPelosi on power in DC: 'You have to seize it' Cuba readies for life without Castro Chelsea Clinton: Pics of Trump getting vaccinated would help him 'claim credit' 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 TrumpUS gives examples of possible sanctions relief to Iran GOP lawmaker demands review over FBI saying baseball shooting was 'suicide by cop' House passes bill aimed at stopping future Trump travel ban MORE “would be a disaster if he was elected president.”