Local speakers at the rally included City of Miami Commissioner Ken Russell; Miami Shores Councilwoman, Ivonne Ledesma; Women's Rights activist Stephanie Myers; and Miami-Dade Democratic Chair, Juan Cuba - who spoke aloud about Senator Frank Artiles, and his recent publicized racial comments said at a members-only Governors Club in Washington D.C.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is touring the country with new Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez for the "Come Together and Fight Back" campaign to generate newfound enthusiasm among a party that has seen nothing but defeat since November.
The early returns have not been promising.
The fact that Sanders is touring with Tom Perez is itself significant.
At a time when the U.S.is led by a billionaire president, Sanders' condemnation of "the incredible greed of corporate America" Tuesday night was met with enthusiasm even though it was old territory for the independent senator from Vermont.
"Over the past few election cycles, Bluegrass voters have soundly rejected the job-killing, leftist policies espoused by Perez, Sanders, and the Democrat Party", McDaniel said. "It's an investment. If people are getting health care, it's an investment".
Supporters, however, were more pleased with the showing. And I asked him about that since, you know, as we all know, Republicans control government up and down from the state houses of most states to the entirety of the federal government. Sanders accepted and promoted the propaganda of the USA government and media about the chemical weapons attack and backed regime change, insisting that "Assad has got to go".
Some attendees said it's time to unite and reform the Democratic Party, while others said they're skeptical of the political establishment and big money in politics.
The stalemate threatens the party's prospects in 2018 and portends a bloody presidential primary ahead of the 2020 general election.
That's why Perez, fresh off a contentious campaign to take over the DNC, is sharing a stage and sitting down for joint interviews with Sanders.
Sanders said he supports legislation that would rebuild coal communities hurt by the decline of coal. Why, they ask, is someone who refuses to identify as a Democrat, being given so much say in the party's future?
Some in the crowd also booed at the first mention of the Democratic National Committee. The objective of his "left" posturing about "transforming" the Democratic Party is to prevent workers and young people from breaking with this right-wing organization.
Perez was secretary of labor under President Barack Obama and became party chairman in February. Either way, his job is more complicated.
But the most puzzling development this week is Sanders's decision to keep Georgia special election candidate Jon Ossoff at arms-length. Now, that decision-making process is obviously tied in to its own values, but winning is the clear priority.
It takes more than being a younger Democrat for a candidate to gain Sanders' support.
"They're attempting to show that there's unity developing between Bernie Sanders and the party leadership". Rather, we must build a strong Democratic Party in each state that can win elections. They're going to Arizona.
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