The deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee said Friday his party is looking forward and does not want to "relitigate the past" by dwelling on how Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election last fall.
Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" and tried to explain Clinton's comments this week in which she seemed to blame the DNC for her loss to President Donald Trump.
"Let me tell you man, we're looking forward. We're looking ahead. The truth is, we do need to do some improving, a little bit of criticism doesn't hurt us. We need to take it seriously and move out on what we have learned," Ellison said.
"Hillary Clinton is a wonderful American. I think she is a wonderful person that served this country and we need everybody's help to go inspire voters all over this country. So I'm not looking back. I'm looking forward. And we're trying to employ everyone, Hillary Clinton too."
The hosts pressed Ellison for more answers as to whether Clinton's claims of the DNC being bankrupt and having poor voter data were true.
"Let me tell you, you know, we can't relitigate the past," he said.
The hosts then tried to interrupt, but Ellison continued speaking.
"Seriously, let me finish my point," he said. "The truth is that Trump is . . . abandoning climate action. He is taking away people's protection for pre-existing conditions, he is trying to ban people based on their religion. There is no time for us to go back and try to figure out who shot John. We have to figure out what went wrong, so we can fix it and then move forward."
Mika Brzezinski then shook her head and said, "I just don't know what you said. At all."
Joe Scarborough then ended the interview.
Ellison's appearance on the show also included discussions about Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, Trump's budget proposal, and the future of the Democratic Party.
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