Perez Says Democratic Party's Message Will Be Carried Out Through Lawsuits Against Trump

February 26, 2017

The newly elected chair of the Democratic National Committee, Tom Perez, said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" that the Democratic Party's message will be carried out in part through lawsuits against President Trump.

Perez, the former secretary of labor under President Obama, made the comment after host Chuck Todd asked if he is content with the Democratic Party being known as the party of "no."

"Are you comfortable with the Democrats being known as the party of 'no?'" Todd asked.

Perez side-stepped the question, arguing the Democratic Party is the "party of opportunity and inclusion."

"We are going to communicate our message, whether it is through lawsuits like the state attorneys general did to stop the Muslim ban," Perez said. "Whether it is through actions like at the polls yesterday in Delaware and hopefully in April in congressional district six right here in Georgia."

Perez went on to list what the party message will be, citing wage increases, greater health care access, and more opportunity for the middle class.

Perez was elected DNC chair in Atlanta on Saturday. He named Rep. Keith Ellison (D., Minn.) to serve as his deputy chair, in part to assuage progressive Democrats who wanted Ellison to be elected chairman and are unhappy with the outcome.