"I think we should just kind of lay off Bernie Sanders a little bit," Reid told reporters after being asked whether he was concerned about Sanders’s "tenuous loyalty" to the Democratic Party. 
 
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Sanders has come under fire from some party officials, who argue he is hurting front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton2020 is not a family affair, for a change New York Democrat pens op-ed on why he opposes impeaching Trump Rob Zombie on canceling 'The Hunt': 'A bulls–-- sacrificial lamb that solves nothing in society' MORE's chances in the general election by continuing to campaign aggressively against her. 
 
Reid has generally refused to criticize Sanders, telling reporters earlier this year that he was fine with the Vermont senator staying in the presidential race until the Democratic National Convention in July in Philadelphia. 
 
He added Tuesday that Sanders is a "good person," saying "I have no criticism of Bernie at this stage."
 
Reid took a harsher stance with Sanders after a chaotic scene at Nevada's Democratic convention earlier this month. Sanders supporters turned out in force trying to win their candidate a few more delegates.
 
But Reid blamed those supporters for the situation at the convention and said he was “surprised” by Sanders’s “silly statement” defending them in the aftermath.
 
Reid said Saturday that the Nevada convention was “fair” to Sanders.
 
“We went out of our way to be fair to Bernie, even though the caucuses were won by Clinton in February,” he said at the time.
 
Sanders has defended his decision to stay in the race despite trailing Clinton big among pledged delegates. 
 
He told ABC's "The View" on Tuesday that his campaign was "invigorating American democracy." 
 
Reid added Tuesday that Sanders has "done some really good things." 
 
"The party has changed during his tenure here, and we'll see what happens. I think Bernie's a good man ... and I think everything will work out well," he said. 
 
 
"If Bernie Sanders walks out of the door at Philadelphia and says 'I'm going to work to defeat Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSupreme Court comes to Trump's aid on immigration Trump is failing on trade policy Trump holds call with Netanyahu to discuss possible US-Israel defense treaty MORE,' then we're back together as a party as we should be," he told reporters.