I interviewed Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky live on my Pacifica Network, KPFT 90.1 FM Houston, Politics Done Right show at Netroots Nation 2017. She explained what she believes went wrong in the 2016 election. And she also has a message. Progressives must be concerned with 2018. A win is not secure.
Rep. Jan Schakowsky has a message. Progressives must be concerned with 2018. A win is not secure. Democrats must have answers for Americans that are hurting.
My first question to the Congresswoman was open ended -- what happened in 2016. It was clear she got the economic side of the angst of ALL working class America. Many people felt left behind and they wanted to try something new.
The Congresswoman has not bought into the Kool-Aid that 2018 is a shoo-in. She took issue with my contention that the Democratic Party has failed in pointing out that Trump is sabotaging the Affordable Care Act. She showed a willingness to entertain single-payer Medicare for All.
Interviewing Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
I did not go into the race aspect of Donald Trump's election because I had some other folks to interview and the live program was only one hour long. I wrote a piece titled "We are missing the real story about Trump’s collusion with white nationalists" where I expanded on the Congresswoman's statement of what ails.
It is essential that Americans understand that Trump weaving an intricate path that combines truth, lies, distortions, and economic realities could work.
There are some who believe that Trump is the result of the economic angst of the white working class. Others believe that he just allows those with strong racist inclinations to come out of the light. Others believe it was a f$ck-you to the entire political establishment. That debate, however, should be over. Why, because you are all right. It is all of the above.
The problem is that while at this point the sum of all those still does not make up the majority of the country, it likely still makes up an electoral majority.
That is something we must mitigate and Democrats have not yet.
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