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Dem Rep Slams Democrats’ Identity Politics

Rep. Debbie Dingell even needed prodding to admit that she won’t switch parties.

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) slammed the Democratic Party’s use of identity politics in an interview with MSNBC’s Craig Melvin on Wednesday.

“We’ve got to get our acts together,” she said of the Democratic Party. “We’ve become this identity politics – the Women’s Caucus, the Black Caucus, the Hispanic Caucus.”

“We’ve lost sense of ‘we,'” she added.

Dingell told The Washington Post that she doesn’t know where she fits in the scope of the Democratic Party.

“Sometimes I don’t feel like I belong in any of the little different caucuses, but I am proud Democrat who was sent here to represent the working men and women of my district,” she said.

“It sounds like you think that identity politics have sort of hijacked the party,” Melvin said.

“I am very concerned that that is what’s happening,” Dingell responded. “We are forgetting that our strength comes in being ‘we,’ all of us coming together.”

Dingell said that Democrats will “keep losing” until they dropped the identity politics.

“I believe that Donald Trump won the election because of trade issues,” she said.

Melvin asked Dingell if she will switch parties. Dingell would not directly answer the question, until prompted by the host again.

“I’m not switching parties,” Dingell said. “Let’s not make news today.”