Sanders Says He's Been Treated Unfairly by Democratic Party

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April 24, 2016

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) said in an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd Sunday that the Democratic Party has not been fair to him in the Democratic primary.

Sanders was in Baltimore being interviewed by Todd for Meet the Press, as reported by Politico, where he cited "political gossip" and the debate schedule as how Hillary Clinton was favored over him in the process:

"Do you think this process has been fair to you? The Democratic nomination process?" moderator Chuck Todd asked the Vermont senator in an interview filmed Saturday in Baltimore and aired Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."

"Yes and no," Sanders said, going on to criticize the role of the media for neglecting to focus on "real issues facing America." The media, he said, emphasizes "political gossip" rather than "issues that affect working people."

"So it sounds like the party, though, you feel like's been fair to you?" Todd asked Sanders.

"No," Sanders responded. "I think we have— look, we're taking on the establishment. That's pretty clear."

Later on, he would blame the schedule of Democratic debates.

Pointing to the Democratic debate schedule, of which three of the first four took place on weekend nights, Sanders said they were "scheduled — pretty clearly, to my mind, at a time when there would be minimal viewing audience— et cetera, et cetera."

There have been accusations throughout the primary campaign that many top members of the Democratic party, including President Obama, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the Democratic leaders in Congress, have been supporting Clinton behind the scenes.

Clinton also enjoys a huge lead among the unpledged superdelegates over Sanders, reflecting the party establishment's preference for her to get the nomination.