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Southern Democrat: Racism And Sexism Plays Well in the South

“You can always have subtle hints of racism or sexism and other things, and it will be effective to some extent, unfortunately,” Rep. Cedric Richmond said on Friday.

Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) told the panel on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that he thought racism and sexism still “work” as political tactics in the south on Friday.

Panelist Donny Deutsch asked Richmond about ads that ran during Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District special election that tied Democrat Jon Ossoff to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Deutsch noted they were some of the most effective ads in the special election and asked how Democrats could overcome this going forward.

“Well, I think that you use that in the South. I’m from the south. And I represent a district in Louisiana, and I think that there are a number of things you can do in the South that are easy, [but] that doesn’t make it right,” Richmond told Deutsch. “You can you always have subtle hints of racism or sexism and other things, and it will be effective to some extent, unfortunately.”

Richmond continued, “I don’t think it makes it right. I think it’s the reality we live in. We have to do a better job as Democrats of talking about what we believe in, what we stand for, and what our track record is.”

“I think that you also can anticipate what people use against you and take it off the table very early,” Richmond concluded. “So I think both races were incredibly difficult races to win. But we didn’t, and we wanted to, and we kind of expected to, so every loss hurts, and we have to figure out how to go back and win.”