Young Turks founder says Democrats should avoid repeat of 2016 and pick a progressive

The founder of the progressive online channel "The Young Turks" called on voters to choose a progressive candidate and warned Democrats to avoid a repeat of 2016.

“Don’t make the same mistake we made in 2016,” Cenk Uygur told Hill.TV’s Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti during an interview Friday. “All of the media told you that Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSanders: 'Outrageous' to suggest Gabbard 'is a foreign asset' Clinton attacks on Gabbard become flashpoint in presidential race Saagar Enjeti: Clinton remarks on Gabbard 'shows just how deep the rot in our system goes' MORE was the more electable candidate. The polls showed the opposite but the media said, ‘No, don’t believe your lying eyes, believe in my alternative facts instead.’ And we were right and they were wrong.”

Uygur said Clinton and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Warren to protest with striking Chicago teachers Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails MORE are essentially the same candidate when it comes to policy, arguing that both candidates have sought to maintain the status quo of the party. He added that the only way for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails MORE to win reelection is if Democrats nominate a mainstream candidate who “appears to be to the average person an elitist.”

“Do not make that same mistake," Uygur said. "Vote for a progressive who says, 'I’m going to fight for you.'”

Polling shows Biden has emerged as the frontrunner in the field of two dozen Democratic candidates seeking the party's nomination.

A Quinnipiac University national survey released this week found that Biden would hold a 13-point advantage over Trump if the elections were held today.

But some Democrats are cautioning the party not to put too much faith in the polling.

“Anyone who believes that the Democratic candidate is headed for a landslide victory right now is doomed to repeat the tragic history of 2016,” Democratic pollster Chris Kofinis told The Hill.

—Tess Bonn