Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez was rebuked Sunday by Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel for some over-the-top comments Perez made while attacking President Donald Trump and the Republican Party.
On Friday, the former secretary of labor for President Barack Obama attended a New Jersey rally at which he insisted, “Donald Trump you didn’t win the election.”
Perez also indulged in a bout of name-calling.
“We have a bully in Washington in the White House,” he said.
Later in his speech, Perez said he didn’t care if his speech made waves, likening his attitude to that of the other party.
“Republicans don’t give a s–t about people,” said the former secretary of labor under President Barack Obama.
“Chairman Perez’s comments are dangerous and undermine our democratic process,” McDaniel replied in a statement. “Perhaps Mr. Perez needs a lesson on how the Electoral College works but whether he likes it or not, Donald Trump is our president.”
“He should be ashamed of himself for insulting the millions of Americans who don’t share his liberal vision for our country,” she continued. “The Democrats are the minority party because of comments like those, and if he thinks this is the way back from the wilderness, he’s sorely mistaken.”
“Mr. Perez should apologize and Democrats should denounce the rhetoric coming from the new leader of their Party,” she added.
Perez has dug in his heels.
“Tom has not only pointed out that the Russians interfered in this election to help Donald Trump get elected, but Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 3 million people,” Perez spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa said. “Since before Trump stepped foot in the Oval Office, his divisive and destructive views had already been rejected by a vast majority of the American people.”
Writing in The Washington Post, David Weigel said the language employed by Perez was not a slip of the tongue, but part of a deliberate strategy. He noted that during his efforts to with the chairmanship of the Democratic Party, Perez used language much like that of Friday in other speeches.
He wrote that in the wake of the 2016 election, “progressives stopped caring about the tone of politics. They felt that (Hillary) Clinton, by failing to strip the bark off Trump’s record and policies, had blown an advantage with voters who saw her as more qualified to be president. In the moment, Michelle Obama’s saying that ‘when they go low, we go high’ mirrored what progressives felt about the campaign. As soon as Clinton lost, it felt like a giant strategic error.”