It’s June 2017, and Democrats aren’t quite finished playing the blame game for their 2016 losses…
Clinton unloaded on the Democratic National Committee (DNC). After previously blaming former FBI Director James Comey and the Russians for her loss, Clinton’s broadside on the DNC was a new angle of attack for the bitter former rival of Donald Trump.
Perhaps Clinton’s most fresh and savage criticism on Wednesday was directed at the Democratic National Committee. She went as far as to say that when she became her party’s presidential nominee, she inherited “nothing” from the committee.
“I’m now the nominee of the Democratic Party. I inherit nothing from the Democratic Party,” Clinton said. “It was bankrupt, it was on the verge of insolvency, its data was mediocre to poor, non-existent, wrong. I had to inject money into it — the DNC — to keep it going.”
For his part, the DNC’s former director of data science called Clinton’s accusations “f—— b——-” and expressed frustration at the DNC’s data team being “thrown under the bus” by his party’s former nominee.
But the criticisms of the DNC didn’t stop there. A group of African American women signed an open letter to DNC Chair Tom Perez, “criticizing him for seeming to take for granted the party’s most loyal base of support.”
In the letter, the authors say that black women have consistently supported the party, but have been ignored by Democratic leaders who seemed to be more focused on winning back white voters who rejected Hillary Clinton in November.
“The data reveals that Black women voters are the very foundation to a winning coalition, yet most Black voters feel like the Democrats take them for granted,” the letter reads. “Since taking office, you have met with and listened to key constituencies. But you have yet to host a Black women leaders convening.”
Read the full letter at NBCNews.com. Perez joined Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for an ill-advised “unity tour” that likely did more to expose the cracks within the Democratic Party than it did to bring the party together.
Nearly eight full months since the 2016 election, Democrats continue to wrestle with themselves over who’s to blame, and what the proper path forward should be for their party.
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