SEN. CHRIS COONS OF Delaware called on the Democratic Party on Thursday to move beyond the politics of grievance and abandon its “relentless race to the left” that’s been triggered by Donald Trump’s presidency.
“If we as a Democratic Party are going to move from a minority at every level that is dedicated to resistance, to a majority that is capable of governing, we have got to move from grievance to optimism,” Coons said in a speech in Washington. “And we’ve got to abandon a politics of anxiety that is characterized by wild-eyed proposals and instead deliver ideas and practical solutions.”
The second-term centrist Democrat spoke before New Democracy, a group formed in the aftermath of the 2016 election as a home for centrist Democrats to project their views.
Coons’ speech was designed to spur a pushback against the more vocal, progressive wing of his party that has dominated media attention in reaction to Trump and his slate of contentious policies.
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