Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) says “I cannot support Bernie Sanders because he’s not a Democrat.” He urged him to switch his affiliation from an independent to a Democrat.
Meeks tells CNN’s Poppy Harlow that in the past, Sanders said no when he was asked to join the Democratic Party. In fact, Sanders was asked immediately after the 2016 presidential election if he would switch party affiliations and he said no.
Meeks stopped short of saying Sanders was hijacking the party to run for president, but that’s exactly what the Vermont senator has done for two election cycles. Sanders already filed his reelection documents and he is listed as an independent. In other words, he has not intention of becoming a Democrat.
A majority of Democrats say they don’t want Sanders on the ticket. A recent poll finds that 59 percent of Democrats want someone other than Sanders has a better shot at winning the 2020 presidential election. This comes as former VP Joe Biden leads all Democratic presidential candidates in a recent poll, with Sen. Kamala Harris (CA) making big gains across all demographics. She’s currently in third place.