Liberal activist Michael Moore lashed out at national Democrats on Wednesday after the party fell short in a special House runoff election in Georgia despite spending tens of millions of dollars on a race that was viewed as a referendum on President Trump.
Moore and others on the left are furious with what they view as a rudderless Democratic Party that has failed to develop a new strategy or message in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s surprising election loss in November.
Moore ripped the Democratic National Committee and its House campaign arm for having “no message, no plan, no leaders.” Democratic leaders “hate the resistance,” Moore said, underscoring the lingering tension between the party’s grassroots base and the establishment in Washington.
Liberals are grappling with Tuesday night’s dispiriting loss, in which Democrat John Ossoff fell to Republican Karen Handel in Georgia’s 6th District contest to replace former Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), who is now Health and Human Services secretary.
The district is reliably red, but Democrats, eager to make a statement about the strength of their grassroots fury, went all-in to turn the district blue, casting the election as a referendum on Trump and pouring millions of dollars into the race.
Liberals have turned out for huge anti-Trump protests across the country and have made life miserable for GOP lawmakers at town halls in their home districts, but Republicans nonetheless won all four special elections this year.
Still, the special elections have taken place in traditionally red districts. Democrats still believe the House will be in play in 2018, as the party in power typically loses seats in midterm elections.
SOURCE: JONATHAN EASLEY