Sanders: Pelosi is being 'a little bit' too tough on Ocasio-Cortez

Sanders: Pelosi is being 'a little bit' too tough on Ocasio-Cortez
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHickenlooper beats back progressive challenge in Colorado primary Progressive groups urge Biden to tap Warren as running mate Young Turks host says Elizabeth Warren should be Biden's VP pick MORE (I-Vt.), a 2020 White House hopeful, said Sunday that he supports freshman congresswomen including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHispanic Caucus asks Trump to rescind invitation to Mexican president Nadler wins Democratic primary The Hill's Campaign Report: Colorado, Utah primary results bring upsets, intrigue MORE (D-N.Y.) for energizing their progressive bases as the lawmakers clash with Democratic leaders. 

"Do you think the Speaker is being too tough on them?" NBC's Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddTrump dings CNN, 'Morning Joe' ratings as Tucker Carlson sets record Cuomo: Trump administration 'in denial' about coronavirus 'problem' Arkansas governor urges 'consistent national message' on wearing masks MORE asked Sanders on "Meet the Press,"  noting that Ocasio-Cortez recently called out Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse votes unanimously to extend deadline for coronavirus small-business loan program Overnight Defense: House panel votes to ban Confederate flag on all Pentagon property | DOD report says Russia working to speed US withdrawal from Afghanistan | 'Gang of Eight' to get briefing on bounties Thursday OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House approves .5T green infrastructure plan | Rubio looks to defense bill to block offshore drilling, but some fear it creates a loophole | DC-area lawmakers push for analysis before federal agencies can be relocated MORE (D-Calif) for her "explicit singling out of newly elected women of color." 

"I think a little bit," Sanders responded. "I think you cannot ignore the young people of this country who are passionate about economic and racial and social and environmental justice. You've got to bring them in not alienate them."

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Sanders, who has also clashed with Democratic Party leaders, said the future of the country and party "rests with young people." 

"Is this part of this bigger disruption you helped lead for years ago?" Todd asked Sanders. 

"What Alexandria and other young women, and women of color, are saying, we have got to reach out to young people. We have got to hear the pain of the working class of this country, and that is causing some of the disruption in the leadership of the Democratic Party," Sanders responded. 

"I support Alexandria's and the other women’s desire to bring more people, especially young people, working-class people, into the  Democratic Party. That is the future of the Democratic Party," he added. 

Tensions have been escalating between four freshman Democrats, including Ocasio-Cortez and Reps.  Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarThe Hill's Campaign Report: Colorado, Utah primary results bring upsets, intrigue Progressive lawmakers call for conditions on Israel aid Black lives and the CBC: What happens to a dream deferred? MORE (D-Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibThe Hill's Campaign Report: Colorado, Utah primary results bring upsets, intrigue Progressive lawmakers call for conditions on Israel aid Ocasio-Cortez pitches interns to work for her instead of McConnell MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyThe Hill's Campaign Report: Colorado, Utah primary results bring upsets, intrigue Progressives zero in on another House chairman in primary Ocasio-Cortez pitches interns to work for her instead of McConnell MORE (D-Mass.), and Pelosi after the group did not vote in favor of a  House funding bill to provide resources for agencies handling migrants at the border. 

Pelosi called out the representatives in a New York Times column, leading to a tense back and forth between her and Ocasio-Cortez. 

Pelosi said last week she was done talking about the issue.