“Republicans don’t give a sh*t about people!” DNC chairman Tom Perez screamed at an April event in Newark. The profanity-laced speech hosted by the New Jersey Working Families Alliance – which included claims that Donald Trump didn’t really win the election – was not the first or last time the Democratic Party chairman has directed crude language at the GOP.
Fast forward to this weekend. National Republican Committee chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel got the chance to call Perez out over his words – straight to his face. In an intense discussion on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” Perez and McDaniel sat only inches away from each other. Host Chuck Todd opined about centrists no longer feeling welcome in either party. McDaniel countered with a classy response to Perez’s vulgarity.
“With all due respect, when Tom’s saying Republicans don’t give a blank about anyone, when he goes around and says that about the other party. I know Democrats care about other people, we just have a difference of opinion on the path to get there,” Romney McDaniel stated.
“But that type of rhetoric doesn’t bring people to our parties. We have to have reasonable discussions, have a dialogue, be respectful of each other, but share our opinions as to what the best path is to get to the same place we both want to go, which is a better life or our kids, for our grandkids.”
The response prompted Todd to ask Perez if he regretted his past comments. The DNC chair, avoiding the question entirely, began talking about healthcare. He repeated the redundant liberal claim that “people will die” if the Republican healthcare bill were to pass.
Ronna Romney McDaniel, niece of 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, brought up a great point during the Sunday debate.
Both Republicans and Democrats care about the American public. We all care about people – it’s absurd to think otherwise. We all just want what’s best for our families. McDaniel was justified in reminding us this truth.
I understand the predicament Perez is in. No matter how good the optics appear for his party – Democrats just keep losing. They botched a very winnable presidential race. Their former DNC chair resigned in disgrace. Special election season left them 0-4 in every House election. Their party is suffering from record low fundraising numbers.
Dazed and confused, the DNC leader is grasping at anything that may change his party’s fortunes. In a crazy timeline where a loudmouth TV personality has successfully reached the White House, Perez is trying to emulate our president’s behavior in the hopes of energizing his own base.
This strategy clearly isn’t suited for him.
I think back to the waning days of the Republican primary. Marco Rubio (someone I really respect) was clearly losing out on the campaign trail. With hardly any states under his win column and pressure mounting for him to drop out, he began mimicking the behavior of the GOP candidate who was winning. Remember when Rubio mocked Trump’s “small” hands and referenced to another body part? Rubio even made fun of Trump’s tan skin. It was bizarre behavior.
This approach failed miserably for the Florida Republican. Rubio eventually had to walk back the comments and make a public apology. He dropped out of the race not long after. Responding to the crass behavior directed at him during a press conference, Trump explained simply why Rubio’s attempts misfired: “hostility works for some people — it doesn’t work for him.”
Perez should probably take notes from the Florida senator.