Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez has a problem on his hands.
He’s losing minority members left and right as the 2020 presidential race and many significant down-ballot races are heating up, and his party’s rank-and-file don’t seem to care.
Detroit-area Democrats blasted Perez at a meeting Friday with a now-familiar complaint: the party of Jefferson and Jackson has lost its way and is losing its traditionally moderate members as a result.
Pastor Chris Martin, of the Cathedral of Faith in Flint, told party leaders that while he and his congregants are ignored by Democrats, Republicans are taking notice and listening.
"I am a moderate Democrat, but I do not support abortion. I do not support same-sex marriage," he said “I have people in my congregations who ask us, 'How do we preach one thing on Sunday, but then campaign for people who are totally opposed to that?’” he asked Perez, according to the Detroit Free Press.
In a video of his remarks posted by the GOP War Room, he observed that Bay County, which lies at the web of Michigan’s thumb, flipped Republican in 2018 for the very first time.
He added that voters in Genesee County (which includes Flint, a city still in the midst of a water crisis) and Saginaw County "don’t want to vote for any Democrats."
He then relayed a hard political reality to Perez, "You don’t win Michigan elections without Genesee County, Saginaw County, and Bay County."
Republican John James, an African American businessman, West Point graduate and Rangers-qualified aviator, is making his second stab at a U.S. Senate seat to represent the Wolverine State. He came close in 2018 with little support; 2020 looks to be shaping up better for him.
And people are taking notice.
"There are union members who are meeting with John James from the UAW [United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Workers]. That’s unheard of," Martin told Perez.
Yet instead of wooing back minority voters, Democrats are doing everything they can to keep them away.
The owners of a Tucson-area Mexican restaurant were ruthlessly hounded on social media after a photo was published, depicting them in the VIP section at a recent Trump campaign event.
Sammy's Mexican Grill co-owner Betty Rivas was shown standing behind President Trump, wearing a red cowboy hat that said "Latinos Love Trump."
She and her husband, co-owner Jorge Rivas, posted a video on Facebook defending their rights as "naturalized American citizens" to vote, support and meet whomever they choose.
"Just because we are Latinos, it doesn't mean that we have to feel like every other Latino in this country," Jorge Rivas said in the video. "We are individuals and we feel that we have the constitutional right to meet and support whoever we want."
On Sunday GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel offered the couple the apology that should have come from the Democratic Party.
"Completely uncalled for to have your business targeted on social media for attending a Trump rally," she said. "Sadly this needs to be said: @realDonaldTrump’s supporters should be able to support POTUS without retribution."
In a similar incident, when a photo was published that depicted everyone praying with the president at an African American White House roundtable Thursday, Janelle Hill, a staff writer for The Atlantic, couldn’t resist a bit of race-baiting.
She remarked, "When you try to fake-like black people and suddenly remember you left the tiki torches out in the living room."
At that same event, former NFL safety Jack Brewer gave Trump the highest compliment imaginable coming from a member of the group.
"Mr. President, I don't mean to interrupt, but I've got to say this because it's Black History Month: man, you the first black president," Brewer said, which prompted cheers applause, and laughter from the group.
CNN’s Keith Boykin, who is African American, was appalled and said of Trump: "He has not made any serious effort to reach black people.
"The idea that anybody would sit in a room with Donald Trump and call him the first black president after we had Barack Obama as the president of the United States shows just what kind of Uncle Toms were sitting in that room in the first place."
Although it is true that Obama was America’s first black president, in my opinion only one African American ever benefitted from his eight years in the White House: That person was Barack Obama.
Alternatively, Trump has enacted justice reform, increased support for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and has reduced minority unemployment to their lowest levels ever recorded.
It may be premature to make any bold predictions with the election still eight months away, but things are looking up for the GOP, and Democrats have only themselves to blame.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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