DNC's Perez: Women Leading "The Resistance" Are Remarkable Leaders; RNC "Morally Bankrupt"


In an interview with FNC's Bret Baier on Wednesday's Special Report, Democratic National Committee chairman said Republicans are "morally bankrupt."

"We’ve been winning elections over the course of 2017," Perez said of Democratic fundraising efforts. "This is not an aberration, this is a trend. And I think we’re winning because frankly, while the Republican National Committee outraises us, they’re morally bankrupt. They’re investing in the likes of Roy Moore in Alabama."

When asked who is the leader of the Democratic party, Perez said "there are many leaders." He cited the "young people" who ditched schools to march as "incredible leaders" and said the women who've been leading "the resistance" are "remarkable leaders." He also said there are mayors, governors, and people in Congress that are "leading."

"So who’s the leader of the Democratic Party?" Baier asked.

"Well, I think there are many leaders of the Democratic Party," Perez answered. "I think those young people today who are marching all over this country are incredible leaders. I -- I think women who’ve been leading the resistance have been remarkable leaders. And I think there are mayors, governors, folks here in Congress, that’s why I’m so excited about where we’re going because folks are leading."

Perez was asked to respond to 2016 Democratic nominee for president Hillary Clinton's recent remarks that President Trump won states that were "looking backwards," and said Democrats need to "make sure we learn from our mistakes of the past."

BAIER: One of those -- one of those women spoke out in India over the weekend. Hillary Clinton saying that she won places that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward and Trump’s whole campaign "Make America Great Again" (ph) was looking backwards. You know, you didn’t like black people getting rights, you don’t like women getting jobs, you like to see what -- Indian Americans succeeding more that you are, whatever your problem is I’m going to solve it.

And she went on to say that essentially, all of a sudden, white women were going -- who were going to vote for me and frankly standing up to the men and their lives, and the men in their workplaces were being told she’s going to jail, you don’t want to vote for her. So men were telling women how to vote. Do you agree with Hillary Clinton and how she phrased this election, 2016?

PEREZ: Well, you know, I -- I -- Donald Trump is the President of the United States, although Hillary Clinton won the majority -- or, she won more votes than Donald Trump. And, you know what? I have --

BAIER: Not how they -- they tally it for the presidency, but understood.

PEREZ: He won the Electoral College. She won the popular vote. I accept that. He is the President of the United States. And what we’ve been doing is looking forward to make sure we learn from our mistakes of the past, and one of our mistakes is we need to organize everywhere. We need to clearly articulate what we stand for. That’s exactly what happened in Pennsylvania with Conor Lamb. He was talking about those bread-and-butter issues that people care about.

BAIER: Yes, but you don’t think Conor Lamb would invite Hillary Clinton to campaign for him, do you?

PEREZ: Well, you know, we didn’t even field a candidate in that district last time. And that was a shame on us moment. The last two cycles, Bret, we weren’t fielding a candidate. And you know what? We lost District 18, the margin was something like 70,000 votes, which exceeded the exceeded the entire margin in the State of Pennsylvania. That was a shame on us moment as Democrats. That’s why we’re flooding the zone now, fielding great candidates everywhere so that we can compete every because I think our message resonates everywhere.

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