Holmes: Dems Throwing Anti-Trump 'Red Meat' to Liberals May Ruin 2018 for Moderates
Political analyst Amy Holmes said Democrats who are intentionally "throwing red meat to their rabid constituents" who detest President Trump may incidentally hurt their candidates running in more moderate areas in 2018.
Activist Al Sharpton said this week that President Trump is a "symbol of northern bigotry," comparing the conditions in New York City in the 1980s to the South in the 1960s.
Sharpton said Trump "never left the Queens way," referring to the president's home borough, in that he said Trump and his father were sued for racial discrimination over who they rented apartments to.
Current Queens Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) called Trump a "bait-and-switch con man" and Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) warned the president could become a "tyrant."
The American people are starting to see Trump for what he is-- a con man.
I had hoped would help the middle-class but he has done nothing of the sort. Instead, he has pulled one bait-and-switch after another. pic.twitter.com/a5hc43McFX
— Gregory Meeks (@RepGregoryMeeks) December 28, 2017
Holmes said such comments from Democrats in "safe districts" may unintentionally hurt Democrats running in moderate areas or in states where Trump won in 2016.
Meeks' district includes a largely-liberal swath of Queens near J.F.K. Airport - including the president's home neighborhood of Jamaica - where Trump won only 12 percent of the vote.
Speier represents southern parts of San Francisco and neighboring San Mateo County, where Trump won 18 percent of the vote.
Holmes said Democrats should instead notice the manner in which their newest senator has received Trump's presidency.
She said Senator-elect Doug Jones (D-Ala.) is a "voice of reason" who dismissed calls for Trump's impeachment and has actively advocated for his party to work with the administration on common goals.
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