Sanders supporter says Democratic Party doesn't have the 'deepest bench' 

Nomiki Konst, a former surrogate for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTammy Duckworth is the epitome of the American Dream On The Money: Deficit rises to record .7 trillion amid pandemic: CBO | Democrats sidestep budget deal by seeking 0B in emergency spending | House panel advances spending bill with funding boost to IRS Biden-Sanders unity task force calls for Fed, US Postal Service consumer banking MORE's (I-Vt.) 2016 presidential campaign, said Wednesday that the Democratic Party doesn’t have the “deepest bench,” citing the baby boomers in the party who didn’t invest in younger generations.

"Unfortunately, I think that the baby boomer generation of the Democratic Party — and it's a very large group of people — did not spend their energy on investing in the next generation, so we do not have the deepest bench,” Konst told Hill.TV’s Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on “Rising.” 

"And not only that, we don’t have the deepest, most progressive bench even though the country is more progressive than it's ever been,” she continued.

Konst, who is now running for New York City public advocate, argued that Sanders, unlike the Democratic Party as a whole, has invested in a new crop of leaders through Our Revolution, a nonprofit formed in the wake of Sanders's presidential campaign to continue advancing progressive goals.

“The consistency and the willingness to stay progressive and really lead the party and invest in other generations, as what he did with Our Revolution, is what separates him from the pack,” she told Hill.TV.

Konst added that Sanders will ultimately beat President TrumpDonald John TrumpKimberly Guilfoyle reports being asymptomatic and 'feeling really pretty good' after COVID-19 diagnosis Biden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad MORE in the 2020 general election because of the same grass-roots movement. 

“The organization he founded — Our Revolution — recruited candidates in every single state, in many counties, most cities have a chapter and that’s a built-in infrastructure for not just a movement but to be able to defeat Donald Trump,” Konst said.

After months of speculation, Sanders on Tuesday officially announced that he would seek the Democratic presidential nomination for the second time.

The senator, a self-described democratic socialist, has emerged as a leader of the progressive issues like “Medicare for all" that have become more widely embraced by his colleagues and fellow Democratic presidential candidates like Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic Unity Taskforce unveils party platform recommendations Progressive activist Ady Barkan endorses Biden, urges him to pick Warren as VP Congress must act now to fix a Social Security COVID-19 glitch and expand, not cut, benefits MORE (D-Mass.). 

"We began the political revolution in the 2016 campaign, and now it's time to move that revolution forward," Sanders said in his announcement video.

— Tess Bonn