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Statement from in Response to DNC Chair Debate

WASHINGTON - In response to questions posed by moderators at the CNN DNC Debate Wednesday night about whether DNC Chair candidates should back #WeWillReplaceYou primary challengers to Democratic candidates who fail to strongly oppose Trump’s agenda, issued the following statement:

"All of the DNC chair candidates who responded to questions about potential primary challenges in tonight’s debate invoked the strategic necessity of running the strongest campaigns possible to take back Congress. We agree. That’s why we’re calling on Democrats to follow the lead of the grassroots resistance movement and fight Trump with everything they’ve got. Resistance is the only viable path forward—morally or strategically.

"The assumption that Democrats need to appease Trump or offer 'Republican lite' policies to win in red states or districts is morally wrong, deeply unstrategic, and reflective of the failed establishment thinking that the Democratic Party urgently needs to shed. Aiding and abetting Trump’s agenda of hate and greed and will not win over conservative voters, and would likely just result in Democratic base voters losing the motivation to show up in midterm elections that will come down to turnout.

"The best chance Democrats have for retaking power is through articulating a clear and consistent message about why Trump's divide-and-conquer agenda is bad for our country, and offering a genuine alternative for what we need to do to fix our rigged economy. Anything less than that puts millions of Americans at risk and also compromises our ability to win. In other words, asking Democrats to resist Trump is not about purity, it’s about strategy.

"The American people get it. This week, thousands of Americans are telling both Democratic and Republican members of Congress to ‘do their job’ at town hall events across the country. For months, Americans have been organizing meetings, calling their Senators, and marching in the streets with one simple message: #resist. If the Democratic party wants to win back Congress and the White House by 2020, we hope they will heed the actions of everyday American resistors. We’re in a battle for the soul of America, and the Democratic Party needs to decide which side it’s on."


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