MSNBC host Joe Scarborough was stunned Monday at the Democratic National Committee's poor fundraising numbers, especially compared to those of the Republican Party.
Scarborough mentioned that the Republican National Committee has $47.1 million in cash on hand, while the DNC only has $6.9 million. He then went over how the RNC has fundraised more than twice what the DNC has in 2017—$86.5 million versus $42 million.
Recent Stories in Politics
Scarborough indicated that his shock at these numbers, as well as how many Republican Senate candidates are performing well, is due to his belief that President Donald Trump would be a drag on Republicans. He also noted that a party in power usually does not perform as well as an opposition party, which may be more energized.
"What does that say about the Democratic Party right now?" Scarborough ased.
New York Times reporter Yamiche Alcindor said the reason for the Democrats' poor fundraising is they do not have a real leader and are struggling to define their identity—whether they are the party of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) or Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.).
"The face of the party is whether or not they want to be a 70-something Democratic socialist or whether they want to be Chuck Schumer, and both of those parties, both of those figures don't actually look like a lot of their base," Alcindor said.
Former Democratic Rep. Harold Ford Jr. also lamented that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) is more unpopular than Trump in crucial House districts that Democrats need to flip to win back a majority.