In a recent sit-down with Politico, Chicago’s Democratic Mayor Rahm Emmanuel took issue with his party’s messaging and policy on middle class issues.
Perhaps still roiled by Hillary Clinton‘s failure to win over working families at anywhere near the same rate as Barack Obama, the Democratic Party has struggled to come up with a coherent economic message during the Trump era.
Speaking to the online news magazine’s chief Washington correspondent, Edward-Isaac Devore, Emmanuel pantomimed frustration with the Democrats on bread-and-butter issues by nearly bringing his fists down on the table when asked how the party was doing in appealing to middle class voters.
He said: “I think we don’t talk about and fight for the middle class we are. We believe we’re for them. But they don’t–if they don’t hear we’re for them–we’ve got a problem because we’re not going to convince them that they’re wrong.
And I think there are certain things that we, as a party, wandered off from as it relates to being a party that fought for hard-working families.
As President Clinton used to say, that work hard, play by the rules, pay the bills–they need a voice. And it’s not just a string of policies. It’s also a set of values that respect who they are–and their lives. And I think we come off, and can come off, as a party disdainful of them as the bedrock of this great country.”