Cuomo to Finney: Criticism of Democrats Is They’re Talking About Bathrooms More Than Jobs


CNN host Chris Cuomo said the Democratic Party is criticized for caring more about gender-neutral bathrooms than jobs during an interview Tuesday with Karen Finney.

Finney, a former spokeswoman for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, discussed with Cuomo how to unite more Americans under the Democratic Party on CNN's show New Day.

Cuomo called out the party during the interview for being out of touch with blue-collar voters.

"The criticism of your party is you're talking about which bathroom to use, you know, more than what jobs people have in the middle class and that's why your party objectively–I mean, there's zero opinion about this. It used to be Republicans, white-collar, Democrats, blue collar. Now that's flipped," Cuomo said.

Finney agreed the party had seen a shift.

"We need to do a better job of understanding" why voters picked Donald Trump over Clinton, she said.

Finney added that part of the problem could be the hateful rhetoric stemming from the so-called alt-right movement.

"I'm very concerned about some of the hateful rhetoric we heard from Donald Trump and whether or not that was also a motivating factor, Chris. I don't think we can ignore that," she said.

"The alt-right didn't get him elected. The alt-right, it's a small group, it may be growing," Cuomo responded. "That's not why you lost."

Madeleine Weast

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Madeleine Weast is Assistant Social Media Editor for the Washington Free Beacon. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 2014. Prior to joining the Beacon, she was a Communications Fellow at The Charles Koch Institute. Madeleine is from Prairie Village, Kansas and lives in Washington, D.C. Her Twitter handle is @MadeleineWeast.

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