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 SandersFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate 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 receives Grammy nomination for audio version of memoir Hundreds turn out to see Michelle Obama on one-year anniversary of 'Becoming' Michelle Obama presents Lin-Manuel Miranda with National Portrait Award 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 TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate 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 ClintonAs Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Harris rips Gabbard over Fox appearances during Obama years Steyer, Gabbard and Yang shut out of early minutes of Democratic debate 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 HolderPelosi refers to Sinclair's Rosen as 'Mr. Republican Talking Points' over whistleblower question Krystal Ball: Billionaires panicking over Sanders candidacy Obama celebrates 'great night for our country' after Democrats' victories in Virginia and Kentucky 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 BidenFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE among potential presidential nominees, or about when he might decide about another presidential campaign.