MSNBC’s Katy Tur: Why Don’t Democrats Just Get People to Move From California to Wisconsin and Michigan?

• September 12, 2017 11:59 am


MSNBC's Katy Tur wondered Monday why Democrats do not simply get people to move from California to rust belt states like Michigan and Wisconsin to solve their electoral woes.

Hillary Clinton won the popular vote in 2016 against Donald Trump, but Trump of course won the presidency by a convincing margin in the Electoral College. Clinton won California alone by roughly 4.3 million votes, while Trump won the other 49 states by roughly 1.5 million.

Key to Trump's victory was narrowly winning Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, all states that Barack Obama won twice.

While discussing the party's demographic problems, Tur pondered why Democrats do not ask people to simply move to those midwestern states from the liberal bastion of California.

"Why would the Democratic Party not just recruit people from California to move to Michigan and to Wisconsin?" Tur asked, adding it seemed like a "simplistic answer."

Tur said her friends had "brought this up repeatedly whenever we've talked about what's going on with the Democrats."

"Democrats have more voters, but they're in the wrong places," New York Times reporter Nicholas Confessore said.

Liberal guest Zerlina Maxwell interjected that there are policies in red states that "marginalize communities and that's why we choose to live in places like California and New York."

"Got it," Tur said.

Tur is out with a book Tuesday on her time covering the Trump campaign called Unbelievable. She had little political reporting experience prior to being assigned to cover the billionaire's candidacy in 2015.

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