Robert Reich: Democratic Party Has Not Been In This Bad Of Shape Since The 1920s, Complete Disarray

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On ABC's 'This Week' roundtable, UC Berkeley professor Robert Reich comments on the job the Democratic Party's new chairman, Tom Perez, has in front of him.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Let's bring this back now to the roundtable. Bob Reich, I want to begin with you. There is a lot of energy out there in what they're calling the resistance. The key question is can it be turned into an enduring and effective movement?

REICH: That is the key question. And right now, there is a disconnect, George, between a rather sclerotic Democratic apparatus which is in complete disarray. I mean, the Democratic Party has not been in this bad shape since perhaps the 1920s. And a huge uprising at the grassroots, mostly against Trump. Now how can Tom Perez, can he actually utilize that, turn the Democratic Party from a vast fund-raising machine into a movement? Hasn't been done before very easily. I mean, you remember in the Vietnam War days, we had a huge uprising. But obviously the Democratic Party had nothing to do with that.

The thing that worries me most of all is that, if you look at the problems inside the Democratic Party, they have a lot to do with the same sort of populist uprising we're seeing across the country, including the Donald Trump campaign. People, for 35 years, have not had a raise. The average American is actually economically in a lot of economic desperation., insecure. We have parts of this country that are -- really, desolate in terms of the economic activity.

And so, you've got a lot of anger out there that nobody, neither the Democrats nor the Republicans, have come up from with a way to respond to.

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