BERNIE SANDERS JOINS A ‘FIGHT BACK TOUR’
The Democratic Party is still trying to maneuver heartland values into their corner as the 2018 midterm elections loom. There’s some fancy footwork going on. Democrats appear to be claiming ownership of those very values, which were articulated with great authenticity and genuine verve by President Trump during his successful White House campaign.
“As Democrats, we believe that every hardworking American should have an opportunity to get ahead. We believe in standing up for working people, that you should get a fair wage for a hard day’s work and that access to health care is a right, not a privilege. Those are our party’s values, and they’re America’s values — they’re what most people voted for last November,” says Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez in a new public outreach.
“We need to turn our party around and get back on track to take on Donald Trump and win elections. But that doesn’t mean changing what it means to be a Democrat,” he adds. “We have to rebuild the Democratic Party from the grass roots up.”
Mr. Perez has drafted the help of Sen. Bernard Sanders — the beloved “Bernie” of progressives eager to “feel the Bern” during his presidential campaign, which netted the candidate 13 million popular votes and 1,865 delegates.
The Vermont independent is very fond of a big feisty rally, and has already made a few appearances of his own this year to protest the Republican agenda. The Perez/Sanders double bill is now ready.
The pair will hit the road next week in a much-ballyhooed “Come Together and Fight Back Tour,” staging vigorous rallies, they say, from Maine to Arizona. It all sounds Trumpian, but no matter. The road trip gets underway Monday; the itinerary is unknown.
“We can make the Democratic Party stronger, faster, leaner and feistier so we can fight for the values we all share — and win,” vows Mr. Perez.
Sen. Bernard Sanders has been drafted into the Democrats’ campaign to sell their bona fides as representing heartland values.