DNC Chair Tom Perez Reflects On Party Wins And Says Unity Matters | Morning Joe | MSNBC

DNC Chair Tom Perez Reflects On Party Wins And Says Unity Matters | Morning Joe | MSNBC
    IT WAS WAY UP FROM FOUR Y AGO AND WAY, WAY UP FROM EIGHT
    YEARS AGO. >> I HAVE A FEELING IT WAS A LOT
    OF WOMEN, TOO. WE'LL SEE.
    >>> LET'S BRING IN TOM PEREZ. TOM, I'M CURIOUS HOW YOU'RE
    GOING TO PLAY THIS. HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE WHAT
    HAPPENED LAST NIGHT? >> WELL, I'VE LEARNED AT LEAST
    THREE OR FOUR LESSONS, MIKA, FROM THIS.
    NUMBER ONE, UNITY CONTINUES TO BE OUR GREATEST STRENGTH.
    WE SAW THAT IN THE VIRGINIA PRIMARY.
    EVERYONE CAME TOGETHER. I SPENT A LOT OF TIME IN
    VIRGINIA. PEOPLE WEREN'T TALKING ABOUT
    SOMEONE'S BOOKS. THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT HEALTH
    CARE AND THE THINGS THAT MATTERED.
    THAT WAS LESSON NUMBER ONE. LESSON NUMBER TWO, ORGANIZING
    MATTERS. THIS WAS THE MOST EXTENSIVE,
    COORDINATED GROUND GAME IN VIRGINIA HISTORY.
    MORE EXTENSIVE THAN ANY PRESIDENTIAL.
    KNOCKED ON TWICE AS MANY DOORS AS THE McAULIFFE CAMPAIGN.
    AND TERRY McAULIFFE DID A SPECTACULAR JOB FOUR YEARS AGO.
    33 PARTNERS HELPING RALPH NORTHAM.
    HUGE ISSUE. IT'S NOT JUST ORGANIZING BUT
    MAKING SURE WE HAVE CANDIDATES UP AND DOWN THE BALLOT.
    88 CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR SEATS OF DELEGATES, THEY WERE SUPERB.
    WE JUST ELECTED THE FIRST TWO LATINAS IN THE HISTORY, A
    TRANSGENDER WOMAN WHO RAN A SPIRITED CAMPAIGN AND NO ONE
    SAID SHE COULD WIN AND SHE WON. WHEN YOU LEAD WITH THOSE -- WHEN
    YOU ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE AND YOU ARE COMPETING IN EVERY
    ZIP CODE, YOU WIN. WHEN YOU LEAD WITH YOUR VALUES,
    THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE. RALPH NORTHAM HAS BEEN A HEALER
    HIS ENTIRE LIFE. PHIL MURPHY, HE TALKED ABOUT HOW
    HE'S GOING TO HAVE EVERYBODY'S BACK.
    WHEN YOU PUT THOSE VALUES ON THE LINE -- HEALTH CARE WAS ONE OF
    THE TOP ISSUES FOR VOTERS IN VIRGINIA.
    THEY SAW THAT RALPH NORTHAM'S VALUES WERE THEIR VALUES AND
    THEY SAW THAT THE POLITICS OF DIVISION ARE NOT WHAT WE WANT IN
    NEW JERSEY AND ELSEWHERE. >> SO, TOM, WE GET A LOT OF
    PEOPLE ON SET -- I DON'T MEAN TO INTERRUPT YOU.
    I WANT EVERYBODY TO GET A CHANCE TO GET A QUESTION IN.
    I'M GOING TO GIVE YOU A SOFTBALL.
    THIS MORNING I THINK IT'S IN ORDER.
    IT'S NOT JUST -- YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT VIRGINIA.
    IT WASN'T JUST VIRGINIA. MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE, THE
    FIRST DEMOCRAT WIN FOR A MAYOR SINCE, I THINK, 1985.
    YOU LOOK AT LONG ISLAND. DEMOCRATS WINNING REPUBLICAN
    SEATS THERE. WESTCHESTER COUNTY.
    YOU HAVE AN ENTRENCHED REPUBLICAN, INCUMBENT, EVERYBODY
    THOUGHT WAS GOING TO WIN. PENNSYLVANIA COUNTIES,
    REPUBLICANS HAVE DOMINATED FOR A CENTURY WIPED AWAY.
    THIS WAS ABOUT AS EXPANSIVE AS A WIN FOR ANY PARTY IN AN OFF YEAR
    SINCE AT LEAST 2010. IS IT ABOUT TRUMP MAINLY?
    >> NO. DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT'S ABOUT?
    WHAT EVERY ONE OF THOSE RACES HAVE IN COMMON -- BY THE WAY, WE
    FLIPPED TWO SEATS IN GEORGIA IN SPECIAL ELECTIONS.
    THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THAT IS THAT THEY NO LONGER HAVE THE
    SUPERMAJORITY NECESSARY TO PASS CONSTITUTIONAL REFORMS.
    EARLIER THIS YEAR, AS YOU KNOW, WE FLIPPED THREE SEATS IN BEAT
    RED OKLAHOMA, TRUMP COUNTRY. THE FORMULA FOR EVERY ONE OF
    THESE RACES WAS ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE, GET GOOD
    CANDIDATES. TALK ABOUT THE ISSUES THAT
    MATTER MOST TO PEOPLE. FACTS MATTER RIGHT NOW.
    WHAT WE LEARNED FROM ALL THESE RACES YESTERDAY IS THAT THIS
    TALE THAT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS A DISASTER, THAT'S NOT
    THE REALITY ON THE GROUND FOR PEOPLE.
    >> EDDIE? >> CHAIRMAN, THIS IS EDDIE
    GLOUD. THE IMPORTANCE OF UNITY AT THE
    TOP OF THE LIST. UNITY AS A PRACTICAL MATTER,
    WHEN WE'RE CONFRONTING THE DISASTER THAT IS THE TRUMP
    ADMINISTRATION. BUT WHAT ABOUT UNITY ON THE
    BASIS OF TRUST, BUILDING TRUST AMONG THE VARIOUS IDEOLOGICAL
    WINGS OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. THERE ARE SOME WHO BELIEVE THAT
    THE CORPORATE WING OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY STILL REIGNS
    AND THERE WILL NOT BE AN ATTEMPT TO ADDRESS THE MOST VULNERABLE
    IN THIS COUNTRY HIDDEN BEHIND OUR ATTEMPT TO BEAT TRUMP.
    HOW DO YOU BUILD UNITY BASED ON TRUST NOT JUST AS A PRACTICAL
    MATTER? >> I COULDN'T AGREE MORE THAT
    TRUST IS WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT. WE DIDN'T SHOW UP IN ALL TOO
    MANY ZIP CODES IN THIS COUNTRY. HOW CAN YOU EXPECT TO EARN TRUST
    WHEN YOU DON'T EVEN SHOW UP? THAT'S WHY TRUST MATTERS.
    ONCE AGAIN, VIRGINIA, YOU MAY RECALL IN THE PRIMARY SEASON THE
    MEDIA WAS WRITING ABOUT HOW THIS WAS GOING TO BE A BERNIE,
    HILLARY REDO ELECTION. WHAT IT WAS WAS TWO HIGH-ROAD
    CANDIDATES WHO RAN A SPIRITED CAMPAIGN.
    THEY AGREE ON JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE CAME
    TOGETHER. I HAD A NUMBER OF EXPERIENCES
    OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS, I WAS IN VIRGINIA, WHERE PEOPLE CAME UP
    TO ME AND SAID TOM, I SUPPORTED BERNIE SANDERS IN THE PRIMARY.
    I WORKED FOR HIM HARD. I SEE WHAT YOU'RE TRYING TO DO
    TO UNITE OUR PARTY. I SUPPORT THAT.
    WE NEED TO KEEP COMING TOGETHER. KEEP IT UP.
    THAT'S WHAT I SAW ON THE GROUND, PEOPLE OUT IN THE STREETS WHO
    UNDERSTOOD THAT OUR UNITY IS OUR GREATEST STRENGTH, WHEN WE COME
    TOGETHER. RALPH NORTHAM AND TOM PIRIELLO
    AGREE ON JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING. IT MEANS WHAT UNITES US FAR
    EXCEEDS WHAT DIVIDES US. >> WILLIE GEIST, CHAIRMAN.
    GOOD TO SEE THANK YOU MORNING. IT CAN'T BE ANTI-TRUMP.
    WE HAVE TO RUN STRONG CANDIDATES WITH A STRONG MESSAGE THAT.
    'S PROBABLY TRUE. THE RACES OF A LOT OF THE PEOPLE
    YOU BEAT LAST NIGHT WERE ALIGNED WITH TRUMP, WHETHER YOU DID THAT
    OR WHETHER THEY DID THAT THEMSELVES, ED GILLESPIE SHAING
    TRUMP'S VALUES ON CONFEDERATE STATUES AND NFL KNEELING.
    DONALD TRUMP AND HIS ADMINISTRATION, HIS POLICIES
    ARES GOOD BUSINESS FOR DEMOCRATS?
    >> DONALD TRUMP WAS UNDENIABLY ON THE BALLOT ON A NUMBER OF
    RACES. HE IS TRYING TO DIVIDE AMERICA.
    PEOPLE ARE SO SICK OF THESE TWITTER TIRADES.
    THEY WANT LEADERS THEY CAN BE PROUD OF.
    THAT'S WHY RALPH NORTHAM AND OTHERS WERE ABLE TO WIN.
    THEY'RE SPEAKING TO THE ISSUES THAT PEOPLE CARE ABOUT.
    THEY ACTUALLY CARE ABOUT FACTS. THEY ACTUALLY CARE ABOUT MAKING
    SURE THAT PEOPLE HAVE A GOOD JOB AND GOOD OPPORTUNITY.
    THEY'RE NOT PLAYING THE POLITICS OF DIVISION.
    WHEN WE DO THAT AND WHEN WE ORGANIZE, WHEN WE MAKE THOSE
    RELATIONSHIPS, WHEN WE'RE RUNNING CANDIDATES, THEN WHEN
    THE FALSE NEWS COMES OUT, IF YOU'VE ORGANIZED AND BUILT THOSE
    RELATIONSHIPS WITH PEOPLE, THAT FALSE NEWS DOESN'T PENETRATE.
    YOU SAW THE ADS IN VIRGINIA AND ELSEWHERE.
    THAT DOG DIDN'T HUNT. >> RIGHT.
    >> PEOPLE UNDERSTOOD THAT RALPH NORTHAM AND OTHERS WERE -- THEY
    REPRESENTED THE BEST OF VIRGINIA.
    >> CONGRATULATIONS. DNC CHAIRMAN TOM PEREZ, THANK
    YOU. VERY GOOD POINT.
    IT STARTS WITH BEING SANE.
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