Top Sanders adviser: 'He is a little bit angry'

A senior campaign adviser to Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders wishes Ocasio-Cortez happy birthday Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Sanders can gain ground by zeroing in on corruption MORE said Monday that the Vermont independent is “angry” because he feels like voters aren’t being heard.

“He is a little bit angry,” Chuck Rocha told Hill.TV. “He’s angry because he feels like there's a lot of frustration out there with America.”

“People come up to him and tell him things that make him very angry because it’s like nobody is listening to them about whatever issue it may be,” Rocha added, citing immigration as an example.

Sanders’s campaign has expressed frustration with the way the candidate has been portrayed in the media, at times accusing the press of being biased against him.

During an interview with Hill.TV last week, Sanders spokeswoman Briahna Joy Gray doubled down on those criticisms.

“There is sort of a thinly veiled contempt for the notion that Bernie Sanders has been saying the same thing for 30 years,” she said. "But when you talk to the people who support Sen. Sanders, people who are kind of new to him even and hear him at his rallies, what they say is, 'Wow, it's really heartening to hear someone is right about these issues 30 years ago.' " 

Sanders has regularly placed second in national polls behind former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage Schiff: Whistleblower testimony might not be necessary Trump warns Democrats will lose House seats over impeachment MORE, the Democratic front-runner.

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