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Zakaria: The Democratic Party Has ‘Created Great Distance Between Itself’ and Much of Middle America

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria said this morning that the Democratic party has to come to terms with the reasons they lost to Donald Trump.

It’s not just an economic message, he argued, there’s also serious social and cultural factors to consider (i.e. “fears of cultural displacement”).

Zakaria looked back on how Democrats have moved “boldly leftward” on many cultural issues, but went on to say this:

“The party’s defense of minorities and celebration of diversity are genuine and genuinely praiseworthy, but they have created great distance between itself and a broad swath of Middle America. This is a cultural gulf, and it can’t be bridged by advocating smarter policies on tax credits, re-training, and early childhood education. The Democrats need to talk about America’s national identity in a way that stresses the common elements that bind, not the particular ones that divide.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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