In an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes on Wednesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders warned it would be a “very divisive moment” for the Democratic party if the candidate with the most delegates, or plurality, does not get the nomination.
CHRIS HAYES, MSNBC HOST: I had David Plouffe on the phone the other night. He said whoever has a plurality of delegates, say 50 to 100, going into the convention the party as a political and moral matter has to give the nomination to the person with the plurality of delegates going to the convention. I’m curious if you agree now from the veil of ignorance as a principle, would you agree that whoever goes in would say a plurality of delegates, 50 or 100, that should be the nominee
SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (D-VT): I think in general what Plouffe said is right. You have to take a look at the nature of the campaign and a whole lot of factors in the campaign we don’t know yet. In general, I think it is a fair statement to say it would be very divisive… The convention would have to explain to the American people, hey, candidate X kind of got the most votes and won the most delegates in the primary process but we’re not going to give him or her the nomination. I think that would be a very divisive moment for the Democratic party.