The Democratic National Committee is being condemned by its own party members recently, including Vice President Biden.
Biden gave his honest opinion on why the Democratic party was unable to win over voters– citing the major reason as not being able to connect with the working class.
“I believe that we were not letting an awful lot of people — high school-educated, mostly Caucasian, but also people of color — know that we understood their problems,” said Biden to the Los Angeles Times. “We didn’t talk to them.”
He was surprised, like many members of his party, by Trump’s win.
“Son of a gun. We may lose this election,” said Biden when watching a Trump rally in Pennsylvania.
He said that Clinton and the Democratic party made the fatal mistake of not speaking for the middle class.
“We constantly made a mistake of not speaking to the fears, aspirations, concerns of middle class people … you didn’t hear a word about that husband and wife working, making 100,000 bucks a year, two kids, struggling and scared to death. They used to be our constituency,” said Biden to the LA Times.
Another party elder also criticized his own party’s recent actions. Retiring Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid called the DNC “worthless” and criticized the party for its disorganization in the 2016 election cycle.
“The Democratic National Committee has been worthless,” said Reid. “They do nothing to help state parties. That should be the main goal they have. I’ve developed everything in Nevada on my own. Their help was relatively meaningless.”
It’s not surprising that even Democratic party members are disappointed in the DNC.
2016 was a tough year for the DNC. A series of scandals by the committee were exposed, including the email leaks revealing the group’s substantial bias toward Hillary Clinton. The emails proved that the DNC purposely tried to sabotage the Bernie Sanders campaign.
“But aside from all of that, it is an outrage and sad that you would have people in important positions in the DNC trying to undermine my campaign. It goes without saying, the function of the DNC is to represent all of the candidates — to be fair and even-minded,” said Sanders about the committee’s unfair bias.
Sanders called for Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s resignation, who was the DNC chairwoman at the time.
“I told you long time ago that the DNC was not running a fair operation, that they were supporting Secretary Clinton,” said Sanders to ABC News.
Then once Schultz was kicked out, Donna Brazile, who stepped in as the acting chairwoman, was exposed for giving Hillary Clinton’s team a debate question in advance. She was a CNN contributor at the time, but the publication was quick to drop her after seeing the leaked John Podesta emails proving Brazile slipped the Clinton team the question.
With all of these recent disgraces, the DNC has a lot of damage control to do.