For months, it looked as if the Republican National Convention in Cleveland would be a tumultuous affair.
All of a sudden, though, over the last few weeks the Democratic presidential primary has gotten increasingly heated.
Now the possibility of some chaos in Philadelphia this July doesn’t seem so far-fetched. Especially when Bernie Sanders himself is saying just that.
In an interview with Ken Thomas of the Associated Press, Sanders came off as nonchalant about an inter-party fight. While he did “condemn any and all forms of violence” he also warned the party not to ignore his supporters.
“I think if they make the right choice and open the doors to working class people and young people and create the kind of dynamism that the Democratic party needs, it’s going to be messy,” Sanders said. “Democracy is not always nice and quiet and gentle but that is where the Democratic party should go.”
Thomas then asked about the prospect of a messy convention in Philly.
“So what! Democracy is messy,” he stated. “Everyday my life is messy. But if you want everything to be quiet and orderly and allow, you know, just things to proceed without vigorous debate, that is not what democracy is about.”
The 2016 Democratic National Convention will take place in Philadelphia from July 25th to 28th.