DNC Chair Perez Laments Voters Getting Information From ‘The Pulpit on Sunday’
DNC Chair Tom Perez complains that voters are influenced by what is said in the “pulpit on Sunday.” pic.twitter.com/w2NkpchS5S
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DNC Chair Tom Perez spoke this week at a D.C. event put on by the activist group Demand Justice covering the topic of the courts, and during remarks lamented the ability of Democrats to reach rural or conservative voters on the topic because of Fox News and their preachers.
“We all have to make sure that we’re fluent in what’s happening across our ecosystem, so that we can come to each other’s defense, because we need to build a bigger orchestra,” said the DNC chair at the event titled ‘The Court In Crisis: What’s Next For Progressives After Kavanaugh’.
“They’ve had a big orchestra for some time, and they’ve got a megaphone to amplify it, whether it’s Sinclair at a local level, Fox at a national level,” he said. “I’ve learned this from the outreach we’ve done at the DNC.”
“Why aren’t we penetrating, they ask. And I had someone in northwestern Wisconsin tell me, ‘You know what? For most of the people I know, their principal sources of information are Fox News, their NRA newsletter, and the pulpit on Sunday, and it should come as a surprise to no one that our message doesn’t penetrate,” Perez continued.
Perez was arguing that the Democrats aren’t able to get their message through because the people to whom he is referring get information from sources other than those he would prefer.
“It should come as a surprise to no one that that person has elevated the issue, of course, to the top, because that person on the pulpit is saying, ‘ignore everything else that this person has done and is doing. We have to focus on one issue of Roe vs Wade.’ And people buy it because that’s their only source,” he said, bringing up the church as a problem for the second time in a few minutes.
“So as we move forward here we’ve got to talk about these substantive ideas, but we’ve got to talk about a broader communication strategy.” he argued. “We’ve got to talk about other reforms that will enable us to elect Democrats up and down the ticket so that we can actually have the capacity to implement them.”
Because the topic at hand was the court, it is presumably the case that he is stating that voters who are focused on the pro-life cause need to be convinced that there are more important court issues which are not being decided in their best interest, and that therefore more Democrats would ensure more judges who are more in line with the Democratic Party’s goals. And a big impediment to that is the fact that churches are discussing the issue of abortion from “the pulpit on Sunday.”
He did not say specifically what remedy was available to circumvent or undermine the religious beliefs of voters who are not voting in enough Democrats to make the courts even more pro-abortion than they already are, only that it should be done.
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