The DNC’s bid to energize black turnout this fall began with Chairman Tom Perez saying, ‘I am sorry’

The DNC’s bid to energize black turnout this fall began with Chairman Tom Perez saying, ‘I am sorry’
Tom Perez, DNC chair. (Image: Screen grab of PBS video)

[Ed. – What is he apologizing for? For being a member of the party responsible for slavery and the creation of the Ku Klux Klan?]

Swanky fund-raisers don’t often begin with an apology to the well-heeled donors who shelled out thousands of dollars to sip wine, eat steak, and listen to pep-rally speeches. But as he looked out over a predominantly black crowd gathered at the Georgia Aquarium on Thursday night, Tom Perez, the Democratic National Committee chairman, felt compelled to issue a mea culpa.

“I am sorry,” Perez said.

At first, it seemed like Perez was voicing one more generalized regret for the 2016 election that put Donald Trump in the White House—the squandered opportunity that abruptly ended the Democrats’ hold on the presidency and immediately put at risk its policy gains of the previous eight years.

Perez, however, soon made clear that his apology was much more specific. “We lost elections not only in November 2016, but we lost elections in the run-up because we stopped organizing,” he said. “We stopped talking to people.

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