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Sanders weighs in on aggressiveness of Democratic protests: 'I am not a great fan of being rude or disrupting activities'

Sanders weighs in on aggressiveness of Democratic protests: 'I am not a great fan of being rude or disrupting activities'
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation Clyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts Prepare for buyers' remorse when Biden/Harris nationalize health care MORE (I-Vt.) said Sunday that he's "not a great fan" of disruptive protests amid internal debate among Democrats over how aggressive supporters should be in fighting Republican policies.

"I am very strongly in favor of mobilizing the American people to stand up and fight for economic justice and social justice and racial and environmental justice. And I think we have to mobilize people," Sanders said on CNN's "State of the Union."

“I am not a great fan of being rude or disrupting activities," he added.

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Sanders was asked about the rhetoric from some Democrats after prominent former officials blanched at former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaObama: 'Hopeless' to try to sell as many books as Michelle Obama sold record-breaking 1.7 million copies of memoir in first week Media and Hollywood should stop their marching-to-Georgia talk MORE's rallying cry of "when they go low, we go high."

"I don’t think it’s a question of going high or going low. I think it’s a question of telling the truth," Sanders said, arguing that President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE is a "pathological liar" and that Democrats must promote the message that Republican policies are hurting working families.

Former presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College Federal workers stuck it out with Trump — now, we're ready to get back to work Biden soars as leader of the free world MORE said last week it's not possible to be civil with the GOP since the party wants to "destroy what you stand for."

Former attorney general Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderEx-AG Holder urges GOP to speak against Trump efforts to 'subvert' election results Tyson Foods suspends Iowa plant officials amid coronavirus scandal Money can't buy the Senate MORE said at an event for Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (D) that "when they go low, we kick them." He later dismissed backlash as "fake outrage."

Sanders is considered a likely Democratic presidential candidate in the 2020 campaign. He declined to address questions on Sunday about a new CNN poll that showed him trailing former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation US records 2,300 COVID-19 deaths as pandemic rises with holidays MORE among potential presidential nominees, or about when he might decide about another presidential campaign.