O’Malley: Democrats Must Answer the ‘Evil Vitriol’ Coming From the GOP

Thursday on MSNBC’s “The Rundown With José Díaz-Balart,” Democratic presidential candidate and former Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-MD) said while complaining about the small number of debates the Democratic party is holding this election, “It’s enough for evil to succeed in this world for good people to say and to do nothing. And right now the Democratic Party is saying and doing nothing when it comes to pushing back against the sort of vitriol we’re hearing from the Republicans.”

O’Malley said, “I told our chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz that I that’s right it was party malpractice to allow the Republican debates to happen without us answering with our ideas and our candidates. I mean, look at the debate last night, something like over 20 million Americans tuned in. The one before that, 24 million, and what do you hear from the Democratic Party? Nothing, not until October 13. It is unprecedented that the DNC chair would take upon herself the job of limiting debates in the Democratic Party. Not a very Democratic way to run the Democratic Party. And frankly there’s a whole lot of members of the DNC that actually agree, as does Bernie Sanders and other candidates in this race. We should be putting our ideas out there and countering the hate that’s coming towards new American immigrants from the other side.”

He continued, “I think the exclusivity clause also should be dropped. That would be a step in the right direction. But look, it’s enough for evil to succeed in this world for good people to say and to do nothing. And right now the Democratic Party is saying and doing nothing when it comes to pushing back against the sort of vitriol we’re hearing from the Republicans. I mean, last night I didn’t see the debate. I read the accounts. These folks are running for the highest office in the land, and we’re all pitching for the job of being your fence contractor. All this time spent on issues that have very little to do with the main issue on the table, which is how do we get wages to go up for more Americans? How do we make our economy work for all Americans? And that’s what we have to offer as a party on affordable college, expanded paid family leave. These are the things we need to be talking about to counteract the sort of falsehoods and bad economic policies their party’s putting out.”

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