Newly elected chair of the Democratic National Committee Tom Perez wasted no time going after Donald Trump on his first full day leading the DNC.
Just a day after he won a hard fought and close election against rival Congressman Keith Ellison of Minnesota, the new DNC Chair on Sunday blasted President Trump, leveling withering criticism for his first month in office.
“He hasn’t proposed anything but chaos and carnage from day one,” Perez said to host Chuck Todd on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press.’
“We’ve seen no evidence of anything constructive from this president.”
The former Labor Secretary under former president Barack Obama then listed a number of policies that Trump has implemented since taking the oath of office which have been bad for the American people. Just hours after he took office, the President “made it harder for first time home buyers to buy a home,” Perez said. “A few days later, he tried to make it harder for people to save for retirement,” he continued.
He also accused the President of governing “from the far right in everything he has done.”
“Look at the ill-advised and frankly racist executive action against Muslims,” he noted, referring to the President’s highly controversial travel ban barring refugees and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries which the courts have taken the emergency measure of stopping.
The DNC race featured as its front-runners Perez, who was viewed as the establishment candidate, and Rep. Keith Ellison, who had the backing of the progressives including Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Ultimately, Perez won in a close vote, edging out his rival on the second ballot.
After the winner was announced on Saturday, Trump tweeted his attempt at congratulations to Perez. “Congratulations to Thomas Perez, who has just been named Chairman of the DNC. I could not be happier for him, or for the Republican Party.”
Congratulations to Thomas Perez, who has just been named Chairman of the DNC. I could not be happier for him, or for the Republican Party!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2017
He followed that up on Sunday by calling the DNC race “rigged.” “The race for DNC Chairman was, of course, totally ‘rigged.’ Bernie’s guy, like Bernie himself, never had a chance. Clinton demanded Perez!”
The race for DNC Chairman was, of course, totally "rigged." Bernie's guy, like Bernie himself, never had a chance. Clinton demanded Perez!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 26, 2017
Watch Tom Perez’s entire interview with Chuck Todd here: