The DNC Chair has been criticized for using filthy language, but he shows no signs of stopping…
But DNC Chairman Tom Perez is showing no signs of abating the use of crass, sometimes vulgar, language on the stump and in interviews.
In a recent interview with BuzzFeed News, Perez, while answering a series of questions about why he is getting booed at nearly every DNC “Unity Tour” event, told yet another profanity-laced story about being late for a flight:
So he made his way home to Takoma Park, got in his car, and re-routed to Reagan National for a 7:15 a.m. nonstop. “I don’t even remember where I parked,” he laughed. At 6:50 a.m., “I’m at the counter with no ticket. And the guy looks at me like, ‘You gotta be fuckin’ kidding me.'” Perez booked a later flight instead, but ran through security, heading for the 7:15 a.m. gate. “I see the guy literally about to close the door, and I’m like, ‘Yo! Sir! Can you help me!” He’s looking at me like, ‘You got a ticket for this?'” (No.) “So I walk a short distance away. I’m figuring out my plan B, watching the plane.” A few minutes later, a delay was announced. Perez flashed what he called a “puppy-dog look” back at the gate. The agent relented: “OK,” he motioned, “come over here.”
The Washington Post compiled a series of clips in a video showcasing Perez’s expletive-filled rants. The video drives home Dickerson’s main point, which is that Perez’s cursing is simply intended to shock audiences and is a calculated effort that comes across as phony:
“For a party with a message problem, there’s something exhausting about the overuse of the manure spreader,” Dickerson said. “It suggests a reliance on shock rather than strength of an argument. The outburst is supposed to be spontaneous but comes across as thoroughly calculated.”
The Post’s Dave Weigel gave Perez space to explain himself, but Perez’s only defense was that oft-relied upon schoolyard refrain: they did it, too:
“[Republicans] consistently went low, and you know what? It’s a great aspiration to want to turn the other cheek,” Perez said. “But my first goal is to make sure we’re standing up for our values. And in today’s toxic politics, it was clear from Day One that [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell’s one goal was making Barack Obama a one-term president. We have to fight with a similar relentlessness.”
Ultimately, Democrats will have to decide if this is the strategy they want to employ to win over moderates and independents. But after losing states like Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin, it’s clear Democrats’ strategy is not to go “Midwest Nice.”
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