in midwestern battleground states want the Democratic National
Committee (DNC) to back off the Trump-Russia rhetoric, as
state-level leaders worry it's turning off voters.
DNC is doing a good job of winning New York and California,”
said Mahoning, OH Democratic county party chair David
not saying it’s not important — of course it’s important — but do
they honestly think that people that were just laid off
another shift at the car plant in my home county give a shit
about Russia when they don’t have a frickin’ job?”
says that Trump and Russia is the "only piece they've been doing
since 2016. [Trump] keeps
talking about jobs and the economy, and we talk about Russia."
we’ve made him into a blue-collar underdog billionaire,”
said Betras, of Youngstown. “And
people are rooting for him because he’s the underdog.”
Democratic infighting comes
on the heels of a multimillion-dollar lawsuit filed
by the DNC against the Trump
campaign, Wikileaks and several other parties including the
Russian government, alleging an illegal conspiracy to disrupt the
2016 election in a "brazen attack on American Democracy."
midwestern Democrats, however, are rolling their eyes.
going to be honest; I don’t understand why they’re doing it,” one
Midwestern campaign strategist told BuzzFeed.
sense was it was a move meant to gin up the donor base, not our
voters. But it was the biggest news they’ve made in a
strategist added "I
wouldn't want to see something like this coming out of the DNC
Midwest strategist said that the suit was "politically
unhelpful" and that they havent seen "a
single piece of data that says voters want Democrats to
relitigate 2016. ... The only ones who want to do this are
Democratic activists who are already voting Democratic."
Midwestern Democrats aren't
idiots, and realize that a two-year
counterintelligence operation against Donald Trump which
appears to have been a coordinated "insurance policy" against a
Trump win, might not be so great for
that criminal referrals have been submitted to the DOJ for
individuals involved in the alleged scheme to rig the election
in favor of Hillary Clinton.
Claire McCaskill, fighting a tough reelection battle in
Missouri, which Trump won by almost 20 points, called the DNC’s
Russia suit a “silly distraction” through a spokesperson.
places like Minnesota, for instance, where Trump lost only
narrowly and his approval numbers have stayed flat, the state
party says it plans to steer clear of him altogether with two
Senate seats and an open governor’s race on the ballot.
Messaging on Trump doesn’t do anything to move the needle,
strategists there say.
Democratic Party’s attacks on Trump, especially when it comes
to Russia, could even backfire in states Trump won handily —
like Ohio, where the focus on taking the president down has
kept some voters on the president’s side. -BuzzFeed
of the parties being sued by the DNC have expressed their
excitement over the discovery
process, by which they may get their hands on even
more evidence which might incriminate or exonerate
various actors. President Trump, Roger Stone, and Wikileaks (which
is countersuing the DNC) have all noted that they're looking
forward to checking out the controversial
"DNC Servers" which were allegedly hacked by
response to the DNC lawsuit, Trump tweeted that it could be
good news that "we
will now counter for the DNC Server that they refused to give to
the FBI," along with the "Debbie
Wasserman Schultz Servers and Documents."
Just heard the Campaign was sued by the Obstructionist
Democrats. This can be good news in that we will now counter for
the DNC Server that they refused to give to the FBI, the Debbie
Wasserman Schultz Servers and Documents held by the Pakistani
mystery man and Clinton Emails.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April
Trump campaign also says the lawsuit will provide an opportunity
the DNC's now-secret records."
as we reported on Monday, WikiLeaks is counter-suing
the DNC - setting up a donation fund and
noting "We've never lost a publishing case and discovery
is going to be amazing fun."
The Democrats are suing @WikiLeaks and @JulianAssangefor
revealing how the DNC rigged the Democratic primaries. Help us
counter-sue. We've never lost a publishing case and discovery is
going to be amazing fun:https://t.co/E1QbYJL4bB
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) April
chair Tom Perez defended the lawsuit as "necessary," telling Meet
the Press that they had to file before the statue of
limitations ran out, and that "it's hard to put a price tag on
Pepper, chair of the Ohio Democratic Party is totally cool with
the DNC lawsuit. “I don’t think it hurts,” said
Pepper. “If you have credible claims, you have a
responsibility to pursue legal action. I think you have a day or
two where [the suit] is the story, but that’s different from your
wouldn’t have our candidates spending the fall talking about
Russia or the suit or anything like that,” Pepper
should be focused on health care, education, student debt. We
shouldn’t divert the message from those topics to talk about
yet, that's exactly what's going to happen as the DNC lawsuit
plays out in the six months and change before midterms.