Young Turks founder decries lack of progressive voices at Democratic convention

Young Turks founder and host Cenk Uygur said the Democratic Party made a “mistake” by failing to include more progressive voices in its four-day national convention that wrapped up Thursday night.

The progressive political commentator told Hill.TV on Friday that while he still predicted a “landslide” victory for Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Republicans focus tax hike opposition on capital gains change Biden on hecklers: 'This is not a Trump rally. Let 'em holler' MORE in November, he said the Democratic Party missed an opportunity to motivate voters by not inviting more progressives to speak.

Some progressives argued during the convention that members of the more liberal wing of the party, such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezJD Vance takes aim at culture wars, childless politicians Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary On The Money: Yellen to Congress: Raise the debt ceiling or risk 'irreparable harm' | Frustration builds as infrastructure talks drag MORE's (D-N.Y), had been short-changed on speaking time in favor of Republicans, such as former Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

“They’re like, ‘Oh, by the way, for half our party, we don’t care and we’re not going to really show you much, but here's a lot of Republicans,’” Uygur said. “I think that was a mistake.”

“They think there's going to be a huge wave of Republicans voting for them, which is not going to happen — I mean we're lucky to get 10 percent. But luckily, we don’t need more than 10 percent and we'll still landslide them under that scenario,” he added.

Uygur said progressives are able to make a stronger case to voters than Republicans or moderate Democrats.

“If we had a progressive we could actually make our case — we’re going to get everybody health care; we’re going to give your kids the American dream through college for all; we’re gonna get you high wages if you’re on minimum wage,” he said.