Author and academic Camille Paglia condemned Democrats for their lack of leadership in the wake of losing the election, saying "the party spun out of control in a nationwide orgy of rage and spite."
In a Q&A with The Weekly Standard, Paglia — a registered Democrat who voted for Sen. Bernie Sanders in the primary and Jill Stein in the election — panned New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, among others.
"In an abject failure of leadership that may be one of the most disgraceful episodes in the history of the modern Democratic Party, Chuck Schumer, who had risen to become the Senate Democratic leader after the retirement of Harry Reid, asserted absolutely no moral authority as the party spun out of control in a nationwide orgy of rage and spite," Paglia told The Weekly Standard.
She also knocked Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for their lack of issuing "statesmanlike words of caution and restraint."
"How do Democrats imagine they can ever expand their electoral support if they go on and on in this self-destructive way, impugning half the nation as vile racists and homophobes?" Paglia told the Standard.
"To have any hope of retaking the White House, Democrats must get off their high horse, lose the rabid rhetoric, and reorient themselves toward practical reality and the free country they are damn lucky to live in," she said.
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