Cenk Uygur: Assumption progressives need to get excited about Biden is wrong

The Young Turks founder and host Cenk Uygur said Thursday that the assumption that progressives have to “get excited” about presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenMadame Tussauds unveils new Biden and Harris figures US raises concerns about Russian troop movements to Belarus Putin tests a model for invading Ukraine, outwitting Biden's diplomats MORE is “wrong.”

Uygur told Hill.TV that the Democratic establishment expects “all you progressives” to raise enthusiasm for Biden as he will become the nominee after Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersShame on Biden for his Atlanta remarks — but are we surprised? Overnight Health Care — Biden faces pressure from Democrats on COVID-19 Sanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown MORE (I-Vt.) dropped out of the race Wednesday.

“No, first of all, that’s not my job, that's Joe Biden’s job,” he said.

The Young Turks founder added that the assumption is the media should produce propaganda to support the last-standing candidate. 

“So when you go to the general election, forget every critique you had – legitimate critique of Joe Biden you had, now lie on his behalf. No, not going to do it.”

But Uygur acknowledged that any vote that doesn’t go to Biden will help Trump, adding he plans to vote for the “credible candidate.”

“To me, it’s give me a random dog catcher versus Trump, and I’m going to vote for the random dog catcher,” he said.  “...But if you say, ‘Get excited’ about a random dog catcher, you don’t know about or has a bad record, no I’m not legally obligated to get excited.”

Sanders dropped out of the Democratic primary Wednesday, leaving Biden as the only candidate standing from a once vast field of candidates.