Continetti: Democrats Are 'Hobbled' by Political Correctness

January 14, 2017

Washington Free Beacon editor in chief Matthew Continetti joined Fox News' "Special Report" panel on Friday evening to discuss the future of the Democratic Party under the presidency of Donald Trump.

Fox News anchor Bret Baier played a clip from President Obama's "60 Minutes" interview in which he discussed losing multiple public relations battles during his administration and how his team came up short in mobilizing public opinion behind their initiatives. Following the clip, Baier asked Continetti to respond to what Obama said.

Continetti agreed with Obama and said the president was "kind of right" about losing several PR battles despite his personal popularity. Continetti then discussed the 2016 election and how Obama's popularity did not translate to a victory for Hillary Clinton, who largely campaigned as a third term for Obama.

"The Democrats are hobbled by multiculturalism and political correctness," Continetti said. "That's what Donald Trump exploited in kind of getting the frustration with the status quo and the frustration with not being able to speak your mind in this country. He exploited that and that helped him win."

Later in the interview, Baier asked Continetti about the health care fight on Capitol Hill, where some Republicans want to repeal Obamacare and then replace it later, while others say they should repeal and replace it simultaneously.

Continetti said the repeal process is going to be as messy as it was to pass Obamacare in the first place. However, he insisted that Republicans should follow Trump's lead when it comes to replacing Obamacare.

"There was a lot of talk on Capitol Hill prior to that statement that we might have years between repeal and replace. President-elect Trump put an end to that. I think because he is a former Democrat, because he is a populist, Trump has a better sense of what the population actually wants out of the repeal and the replacement," Continetti said.