Saturday, September 21, 2019

DNC Chair Expresses No Regret for Use of Profanity to Condemn GOP

Tom Perez was elected to lead the Democratic Party in late February, and his recent use of profanity has him under fire from the Republican party, with his comments quickly becoming fodder for conservative blogs and Fox news. While speaking to the New Jersey Working Families Alliance last week, Perez expressed no regrets in declaring that the GOP plan to repeal Obamacare should be called ‘I Don’t Care’ because they don’t give a s*** about people.

“I don’t,” Perez said. “What I have regrets about are all the people who are scared to death as a result of the first 60 days of chaos and carnage in this administration. That the children who got dropped off at school and literally saw their father, you know, half a block away getting arrested by ICE. You know, the person with the disability who relies on Meals on Wheels so that they can stay in their home. The 24 million people who are relying on health care.”

Republicans were quick to characterize Tom Perez’ comments as “dangerous,” calling for Perez to apologize, and asking Democrats to denounce the rhetoric. Perez tweeted Monday night “sorry not sorry,” linking his comments to a Washington Post article arguing Democrats should feel justified in cranking up the rhetorical heat after trying and failing to, in Michelle Obama’s words ‘go high when [they] went low.’

Democrats reason that Trump’s entire campaign was a series of over-the-top and expletive attacks on their political opponents. Perez even repeated part of his comment — that “Trump did not win this election,” referring to the president’s loss of the popular vote — at another event that week, just as Conservatives were getting riled up with his remarks.

Perez characterizes the real fighters of the Democratic party as the millions of people that have taken to the streets to protest Trump’s executive orders and bigoted remarks. The DNC Chairman wants to make it clear that the Democratic Party is a worthy outlet for their activism, and a vehicle to move the cause forward.

NBC News