Fmr Clinton Spox: We Shouldn’t Assume ‘Answer to Big Crowds’ Is ‘Moving Left’ – ‘It’s All About’ Anti-Trump ‘Identity’

On Wednesday’s “MTP Daily,” former Clinton Campaign Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri shouldn’t “assume that the answer to big crowds is moving policy to the left.” And that “It’s all about” anti-Trump “identity” on the left, which is “like our own version of identity politics on the left that’s more empowering, and I think that’s we’re — that’s a safer place to be.”

Palmieri said, “[T]he real energy is not just with the base. This is — these are apolitical people that are turning out. These are millions of people who don’t normally participate, and they are scared, and they also understand, and…I saw in the fall, people — our crowds grow, the concern — you could feel the concern in the crowds. People thinking, this country just exists because we agree to live by a certain set of rules, and it is incumbent upon me as an American to stand up and say, Donald Trump does not represent what I view America to be. And I think that a lot of this energy is not — the base is there, but you are wrong to look at these crowds and think that means everyone wants $15 an hour.”

She added, “[D]on’t assume that the answer to big crowds is moving policy to the left. I think the answer to the big crowds is engaging as much as you can to be as supportive as you can and understanding — what these people want, they are desperate. It’s all about identity on our side now. They want to show he does not support me. I support you, refugee. I support you, immigrant in my neighborhood. I want to defend you. Women who are rejecting Nordstrom’s and Neiman Marcus are saying this is power for them. Donald Trump doesn’t take me seriously, well, I’m showing you my value and my power, and I think it’s like our own version of identity politics on the left that’s more empowering, and I think that’s we’re — that’s a safer place to be.”

(h/t Matt Bruenig)

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