After losing control of the White House and failing to retake Congress in 2016, it seemed clear that Democrats weren’t exactly in touch with American voters.
While the argument can be — and regularly is — made that Hillary Clinton took the popular vote, what might be more telling is the number of former Obama voters who grew disillusioned with Democrats, and actually switched their support to Donald Trump in 2016.
In fact, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll from late April, a full 67% of Americans say that Democrats are out of touch with “the concerns of most people”:
— Dr. Gina (@RealDrGina) April 27, 2017
A new report from The Washington Free Beacon — and, in particular, a line that one Democrat representative dropped in a meeting in early May — likely gives some insight into why people feel this way.
According to the report, it occurred while Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) — who represents California’s 18th congressional district — was in a closed-door meeting with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.
As Free Beacon reports, Pai was “discussing expanding broadband access to rural areas” in places like Kansas and Michigan when Eshoo suddenly lashed out:
Sources inside the meeting told the Free Beacon that Eshoo was frustrated with Pai’s comments.
She wished out loud that Pai would stop talking about “Podunk, USA” and instead be more concerned about the venture capitalists on Sand Hill Road in her district near Palo Alto, according to the sources.
While to be fair, there are a few American towns actually named “Podunk” — which has become a slang term for any small, unimportant town — it was clear that her colleagues didn’t appreciate her point of view, as sources say that “many in the room reacted negatively to Eshoo’s remarks.”
Between Clinton’s infamous “basket of deplorables” jab, the three homes that “democratic socialist” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) owns, and former President Obama’s $400,000 Wall Street speaking fee, the Democratic Party seems to be moving further and further from its image as the “party of the people.”
Given that Clinton herself continues to blame the likes of Russia, former FBI Director James Comey, and misogyny — rather than her own image and values — for her presidential loss, it’s a trend that likely won’t ease up anytime soon.