Here's What Happened When a Life-Long Dem Voter Confronted Tom Perez About the Party's Values

Posted: Mar 02, 2020 6:25 PM
Here's What Happened When a Life-Long Dem Voter Confronted Tom Perez About the Party's Values

Source: AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty

Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez was chided on Friday when he made a campaign stop in Detroit, Michigan. Pastor Chris Martin from the Cathedral of Faith in Flint, a life-long Democrat, asked Perez whether or not there's room for people like him in the Democratic Party, the Detroit Free Press reported.

“I am a moderate Democrat, but I do not support abortion. I do not support same-sex marriage. I have people in my congregations who ask us, 'How do we preach one thing on Sunday, but then campaign for people who are totally opposed to that?'" Martin asked. “As an African American pastor and lifelong Democrat, do I still have a place in this party? Do I have a place in this party? Or is it all about health care, immigration and these other things?"

"What about the things that we have to deal with? Bade County has always been a reliable Democratic county. In 2018 they went Republican," the voter explained. "Saginaw County and Genesee County, Flint is still in the middle of a water crisis. The people up here don’t want to vote for any Democrats. You don’t win Michigan elections without Genesee County, Saginaw County and Bay County."

Perez smiled awkwardly, saying he took Martin's statement as "an invitation" to come to his community. 

"Let's have a conversation about what it means to be a Democrat. I think our tent, as a Democratic Party, is a very inclusive tent and our values as a Democratic Party are those values of inclusion and opportunity," the DNC chair explained. 

This isn't the first time voters have said they feel disenfranchised by the Democratic Party. At the end of January, former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg made it very clear that he doesn't feel like Democrats can be pro-life. On the debate stage, each of the 2020 Dems have said they "believe in a woman's right to choose," giving health care to illegal aliens and taxing the rich. The further left the party goes, the more conservative Democrats are left by the wayside. 

Religious people, especially in the black community, are starting to wake up to policies the Democrats have always pushed. They're realizing that abortion, including up to the point of birth, goes against their belief that life begins at conception. They're realizing the "pro-choice" crowd disproportionately impacts black children. They're realizing that Democrats prioritize illegal aliens over those struggling in America's inner cities. 

The unemployment rate amongst African Americans and Hispanics are at historic lows. More people are being put back to work and, for most people, that is their number one concern. Blacks are waking up to the polices that have duped them for generations. They're coming to the conclusion that their values and the values of the Democratic Party don't align. It's conversations like these that almost guarantee that waves of minorities are going to turn out to re-elect President Trump. It's just a matter of how large of a margin.