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 Sanders2020 Democrats join striking McDonald's workers Billionaire's M gift to Morehouse grads points way to student debt solution Poll: Nearly half of Clinton's former supporters back Biden 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 to headline Essence Festival Obama shares tribute to Michelle to celebrate Mother's Day 111-year-old woman gets free tickets to see Michelle Obama book tour 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 TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' 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 ClintonFrustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' Poll: Nearly half of Clinton's former supporters back Biden Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 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 HolderEric Holder: 'There are grounds for impeachment' in Mueller report Prosecutor appointed by Barr poised to enter Washington firestorm Dems struggle to make Trump bend on probes 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 BidenThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Castro swears off donations from oil, gas, coal executives Meghan McCain on Pelosi-Trump feud: 'Put this crap aside' and 'work together for America' MORE among potential presidential nominees, or about when he might decide about another presidential campaign.