Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, went on a profanity-laced rant on Friday, at one point saying Republicans "don''t give a sh*t about people!"
But he also had this simple declarative sentence: "Donald Trump, you didn’t win the election."
Now, before Hillary Clinton disappeared into the woods after her humiliating defeat in November, she said the Russians were to blame. Yes, the Russians. The mainstream media has picked up the charge, and while no one has offered any evidence whatsoever of any collusion (or even explained just how the Russians actually changed the outcome of the election), the story has grown legs.
But Perez's new declaration -- "You didn't win the election" -- is taking the game to a whole new level. The crowd at the venue of his speech, delivered at a rally for the New Jersey Working Families Alliance, whooped and cheered when he said it. Yet Republicans have had a field day ripping the DNC chief for such an outlandish claim.
"Chairman Perez's comments are dangerous and undermine our democratic process," said Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel. "Perhaps Mr. Perez needs a lesson on how the Electoral College works but whether he likes it or not, Donald Trump is our president."
For any liberals reading this, a quick primer. See, the popular vote doesn't matter in a national election, or not as much as the Electoral Vote College tally does, anyone. Now, the Electoral College is not a place, not a institution of higher education, it's more of a process. American citizens cast their votes for their chosen candidate, but then each state casts its own Electoral votes for whichever candidate got the most popular votes. Founder Alexander Hamilton said in the Federalist Papers (No. 68) that while the "sense of the people should operate in the choice," winning the presidency "will require other talents, and a different kind of merit, to establish him in the esteem and confidence of the whole Union." So, a candidate can't appeal just to, say, people who live in cities (as Hillary did) but have broad appeal across the varied states of America (like Trump did).
Back to our story, where McDaniel was in the middle of shredding Perez. "He should be ashamed of himself for insulting the millions of Americans who don't share his liberal vision for our country. The Democrats are the minority party because of comments like those, and if he thinks this is the way back from the wilderness, he's sorely mistaken. Mr. Perez should apologize and Democrats should denounce the rhetoric coming from this new leader of their Party,' McDaniel said.
But Democrats have no intention of apologizing, signaling that this will be the new tone for the national party -- a sad little victim who rejects the outcome of a free and fair election.
Perez, wait, we mean "Tom," is going to go right on denying that Trump won the 2016 election, says his spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa.
“Tom has not only pointed out that the Russians interfered in this election to help Donald Trump get elected, but Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 3 million people,” Hinojosa said. “Since before Trump stepped foot in the Oval Office, his divisive and destructive views had already been rejected by a vast majority of the American people.”
The new lack of civility has surprised one hyper-liberal talk show host, Christopher Hayes of MSNBC. Even he mocked the new tone.
"Remember 'When they go low we go high?' Yeah, that's super dead." Well said, Chris.