- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez says a loss by his party in 2020 will be attributable to one thing: a “lie, cheat and steal” playbook preferred by President Trump.

Mr. Perez offered a prima facie case for political foul play this week while appearing on MSNBC.

“What’s clear from this administration, and what’s clear throughout the entirety of his business practices, is that they will lie, cheat, and steal,” Mr. Perez replied when asked about the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s recently release report. “They’ll do anything to win. They have so eroded institutions of democracy, that is why there is health care on the ballot, and we will continue to point out that the Democratic Party is the party fighting to save your health care. The Republicans are fighting to take it away. So many other things on the ballot. Our democracy is on the ballot.”

“We have to be prepared for lying, cheating, and stealing,” he added. “They have an approach to undermining our democracy that is shameful, and that is why we are organizing everywhere. … I’m very sober about the realities of the upcoming campaign. … The party of Lincoln has officially died. The party of Trump is not a party that represents our democratic values.”

Mr. Mueller’s 448-page report found no criminal evidence regarding Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russian state actors.


• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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