Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont said on NBC's Meet the Press that he believes the Democratic Party has not been fair to him in his campaign for the presidential nomination, although he has faith in the nominating process as a whole.
In the interview with moderator Chuck Todd, which aired on April 24, Sanders said that he has been fighting an uphill battle by "taking on the establishment," which has not supported his viability as a candidate but instead rallied behind rival Hillary Clinton, according to POLITICO. As an example, Sanders brought up the Democratic debate schedule, which he said was purposely organized to cut out Sanders' main demographic of support: working-class Americans.
The debates were "scheduled — pretty clearly, to my mind — at a time when there would be minimal viewing audience," Sanders said, according to POLITICO. "But you know, that's the way it is. We knew we were taking on the establishment, and here we are. So [I'm] not complaining," he added.
As of April 24, Clinton is ahead of Sanders by 750 delegates, and POLITICO estimates that she can win the nomination even if she loses every state from now until the last round of primaries on June 7. Her major supporters are the superdelegates, which are not pledged to a certain candidate and can vote independently of popular support, according to the Los Angeles Times. However, despite these setbacks, Sanders told Todd that he is in the race to the end, and that he feels confident that the nominating process will work in his favor.
"Yeah, we took advantage of the opportunities in front of us. We are in this race. We are not writing our obituary," Sanders said. "We're in this race to California, and we're proud of the campaign we ran."
Sanders said that he may not necessarily encourage his supporters to rally behind Clinton in the general election if she were to win the nomination. This would undermine Democratic solidarity meant to prevent a GOP candidate from winning.
"I will do everything that I can to make certain that Donald Trump is not elected president," Sanders told Todd. "But if that scenario plays out, the major responsibility will be on Secretary Clinton to convince all people, not just supporters, that she is the kind of president this country needs to represent working people in this country, to take on the big money interests who have so much power, to fight for what the American people want."