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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 BidenTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot FireEye finds evidence Chinese hackers exploited Microsoft email app flaw since January Biden officials to travel to border amid influx of young migrants 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 SandersABC names new deputy political director, weekend White House correspondent Ron Johnson forces reading of 628-page Senate coronavirus relief bill on floor GOP pulling out all the stops to delay COVID-19 package 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.