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 Sanders'Medicare for All': The hype v. Maryland's reality Biden says he supports paying campaign staff minimum wage Biden's lead narrows in early voting states: poll 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 ObamaMichelle Obama weighs in on Trump, 'Squad' feud: 'Not my America or your America. It's our America' Poll: Michelle Obama most admired woman in the world Former Michelle Obama aide calls for 'honest conversation' about immigration 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 TrumpChelsea Clinton announces birth of third child Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Trump attacks 'the Squad' as 'racist group of troublemakers' 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 ClintonChelsea Clinton announces birth of third child Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report A question for Robert Mueller 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 HolderFeds will not charge officer who killed Eric Garner The old 'state rights' and the new state power The Hill's Morning Report — Harris brings her A game to Miami debate 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 BidenUkrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report The Hill's Morning Report — Mueller Time: Dems, GOP ready questions for high-stakes testimony Biden campaign taps foreign policy vet Nicholas Burns as adviser: report MORE among potential presidential nominees, or about when he might decide about another presidential campaign.