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DNC Chair Debate Comes Down to Who Can Best Counter Trump

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By    |   Thursday, 23 Feb 2017 09:53 AM

The televised DNC chair debate on Wednesday night about who should lead the party as Democratic National Committee chairman had a big elephant in the room and everyone was talking about him: President Donald Trump.

The eight candidates didn't pull any punches on CNN-sponsored debate on who should lead the Democratic Party during Trump’s early days in the White House as they explained what they would do to go against some of the things he has already implemented as the country’s 45th president, according to CNN.

As each of them spoke, it was evident they didn't see eye-to-eye on how to counter some of Trump’s early actions.

Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison said Trump’s actions thus far “legitimately raise the question of impeachment,” adding that Trump has already violated the Constitution by gaining profit from having politicians stay at his hotels.

Ellison said those actions should be investigated to “make sure that nobody can monetize the presidency and make profit off it for our own gain,” in the future.

“We have seen from the get-go that this person wants to turn the clock back, and the Democratic Party needs to take the fight to Donald Trump,” former Labor Secretary Tom Perez said, per CNN. “When we lead with our values, when we lead with our conviction, that’s how we succeed.”

However, Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, didn’t think it was a good idea to focus so much on Trump, despite referring to him as a “computer virus in the American political system.”

“Yes, we’ve got to take the fight to him. But we can’t let him dominate our imagination, because it’s our values and our candidates that matter.”

South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Jaime Harrison tried to relate to a good portion of the American people by highlighting his upbringing, citing that his humble beginnings have led him to be sympathetic to those who are less fortunate today, the Huffington Post noted.

“I will be probably the only chair that has been on food stamps; the only chair that has lost their home, not once, but twice; the only chair that knows what the hardship that working people have to go through in this country,” Harrison said during his closing statement.

The race is currently being led by both Ellison and Perez, despite Buttigieg and Harrison giving them a run for their money during the  late Wednesday.

Voting by the committee’s 447 members for the next DNC chair is scheduled for Saturday.

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The televised DNC chair debate on Wednesday night about who should lead the party as Democratic National Committee chairman had a big elephant in the room and everyone was talking about him: President Donald Trump.
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