Democrats are trying to get a little of that Donald Trump mojo–or at least that’s the way it looks based on what they’re studying at their yearly retreat.
Both Democrats and Republicans are holding separate retreats to strategize and plan for what’s to come in the new Congress.
Democrats are meeting in West Virginia, where Politico reports that one of the sessions is “a discussion with Trump voters.” And there are plenty of those. Trump won West Virginia by a 43% margin, capturing 67.9% of the vote in November.
The Washington Free Beacon says the idea behind the discussion is to learn “how to converse with regular people”:
“Democratic members of Congress are learning how to converse with regular people during a retreat this week to prepare to battle President Donald Trump.
One session at the Democratic retreat focused on ‘speaking to those who feel invisible in rural America’,” the report continues. “Two others were titled ‘Listening to those feel unheard’ and ‘Rising America–They feel unheard too.’”
It might be a steep learning curve, however. The last two Democratic presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and President Obama, both promised ‘just regular folks’ — like West Virginia coal miners — that they’d “bankrupt” coal mines and “put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.”
As a result, 35% of West Virginia’s coal mining jobs have disappeared. Nationally, 83,000 coal jobs were snuffed out by the Obama administration’s efforts to “bankrupt” coal in an effort to go to cleaner energy sources.
Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton also dismissed half of Trump voters as a “basket of deplorables” who are “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic—you name it.”
People who had gotten a whiff of the class on how to talk to regular people gave it a ride on social media:
After losing mill's of former Democrat voters to Trump Dem's r having seminars to learn how to talk to reg Americans in a upcoming retreat ?
— Sasha?? #America1st (@sasha031) January 26, 2017
— R.E.M.1600 (@eREM1600) January 26, 2017
“Guilherme” thought he knew what their problem was before Democrats decided to hold their retreat:
Losing to Trump might be the best thing that happened to Democrats. I hope they learn how to talk to voters without talking down to them
— Guilherme (@willie_8) January 4, 2017
The Democrats have nine Senate seats up for grabs next year, including West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, so they’d better get talking.