Trump tries to define Dems: Pelosi, Waters and, yep, Clinton
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, the face of the Republican Party, is trying to define the Democrats’ signature look for them. In fewer than 50 words, he tweeted Tuesday that three outspoken Democratic women in their 70s are “the face of the Democrats.”
Trump, himself now 72, is the oldest elected president in U.S. history.
Some things to know:
“The face of the Democrats is now Maxine Waters who, together with Nancy Pelosi, have established a fine leadership team. They should always stay together and lead the Democrats, who want Open Borders and Unlimited Crime, well into the future....and pick Crooked Hillary for Pres.”
In the wake of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 election defeat, the Democratic Party, led by party chairman Tom Perez, has struggled to come up with a defining message beyond opposing Trump. Dozens of senators, mayors and governors are said to be considering running for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, with no clear front-runner. Trump is trying to do the defining for the Democrats ahead of the November midterm elections, when he and congressional Republicans are defending their House and Senate majorities.
A record number of women are running for Congress this year, most of them Democrats. Demographically, the party is younger, more racially and ethnically diverse, and more female than the population as a whole.
As for age, Trump, Waters, Clinton and Pelosi all track with U.S. demographic trends. Baby Boomers began turning 65 in 2011, and all of them will be at least that age by 2029. They will represent a fifth of the US population at that time. Now, 16 percent of Americans are over 65.
THE ACTUAL DEMOCRATIC LEADERS:
Trump made no mention in his tweet of Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, the 67-year-old Senate Democratic leader.
Trump focuses his tweet on women, the voter demographic he’s long struggled with, especially after the “Access Hollywood” tape of him boasting about groping them.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., 78, is the leader of the House Democrats and an ever-popular foil for Republicans. Kantar Media’s CMAG found that after the 2010 elections, when Republicans won control of the House and ousted Pelosi from the speakership, more than $65 million was spent on ads that mentioned her.
Fast forward to 2018, and Pelosi is mentioned in one-third of GOP attack ads, compared with 9 percent in 2016 and 13 percent in 2014, according to CMAG.
Pelosi, who served as speaker from 2007 to 2011, is thought to want to return to the speakership should Democrats win the House in November.
Plenty of Democrats feel Pelosi represents the old guard and should give way to a new generation. More than a dozen Democratic candidates are vowing to vote against her for speaker if their party wins control of the House.
The South-Central Los Angeles Democrat elected in 1990 is well-known for her outspoken style and has called for Trump’s impeachment for more than a year. This week, Waters, 79, urged people to keep giving members of Trump’s administration no peace in public after several administration officials were heckled at restaurants.
Her advice: “If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd, and you push back on them!”
Trump turned his fire on Waters during a rally and with a tweet on Monday, calling Waters “an extraordinarily low IQ person” and adding: “Be careful what you wish for Max!”
Some 20 months after Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in an upset presidential election, the president can’t stop talking about her, routinely reliving his victory over her in speeches and rallies. Clinton, 70, remains a deeply divisive figure but also retains her star power in the party and is a strong Democratic fundraiser.
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