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Dem Strategist: Pelosi, Schumer 'Struggle' to 'Relate' to Americans

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Alex Brandon/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 09 January 2019 04:04 PM

Democratic leadership appears to "struggle . . . to relate to Americans," strategist Andrew Feldman said Wednesday.

In a panel discussion Wednesday on The Hill.TV's "Rising" program, a day after President Donald Trump's Oval Office speech on border security, Feldman said he was disappointed in the somber and stern televised response from Senate Minority leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

"Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer struggle across the country to relate to Americans and that's a little bit concerning to me as a Democrat," Feldman asserted.

"We had this new opportunity to present these leaders differently, and I feel like we've seen that image a lot of times."

The glowering rebuttal by the pair sparked jokes and memes across social media.

Feldman added he was surprised at how "toned-down" Trump's prime-time address was.

"I was a little bit worried that when I heard Stephen Miller was leading this speech creation that we were going to have something really outrageous," he said, referring to Trump's senior policy adviser.

Even though Feldman argued the speech was filled with "fear" and "falsehoods," he noted it did not mention recent GOP allegations about the number of suspected terrorists sneaking into the country via the southern border.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed Customs and Border Patrol last year apprehended nearly 4,000 known or suspected terrorists at the U.S.-Mexico border. According to CBP data, officials encountered only six immigrants at ports of entry at the southern border whose names were on the federal government's suspected terrorists list in early 2018.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway later acknowledged Sanders' "unfortunate misstatement," the Washington Examiner reported.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi once again showed their "struggle . . . to relate to Americans," according to Democratic strategist Andrew Feldman on Wednesday.
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Wednesday, 09 January 2019 04:04 PM
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