The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur has been one of the most visible and vocal supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and his bid for the Democratic nomination.
But on Tuesday night, Uygur urged Sanders to suspend his campaign in light of the fact that his rival, Hillary Clinton, has secured the delegates needed to cinch the party’s nomination.
“If I was Bernie Sanders, I would suspend the campaign,” Uygur said. “And so now Sanders supporters, before you freak out, here’s what it means. It doesn’t mean that I take all my delegates and I give them to Hillary Clinton preemptively… In this case it would be a literal suspension of the campaign. ‘I am not going to continue to run against Hillary Clinton because there aren’t any elections left other than the super delegate election at the convention. So for the moment being, I am suspending the campaign.'”
Uygur said unlike other candidates, where “suspending” a run functionally means dropping out of the race, Sanders should reserve the right to re-enter the race in case Clinton is indicted over her use of email and a private server while serving as Secretary of State.
“‘If you get indicted and you’re arrested, yes I reserve the right to re-enter the race,'” Uygur said, of Sanders.
He then said Sanders should focus his energy now on challenging Donald Trump instead of politically challenging Clinton.
Watch Uygur’s comments, as posted to YouTube, here: