MSNBC correspondent Katy Tur suggested Monday that Democrats “recruit people from California to move to Michigan and Wisconsin,” presumably to boost the party’s base in traditionally red districts.
“Why wouldn’t the Democratic Party not just recruit people from California to move to Michigan and to Wisconsin, and that seems like just a simplistic answer,” Tur said on “Meet The Press Daily.”
New York Times political correspondent Nick Confessore agreed with Tur, saying that Democrats have the numbers, but need to be more strategic with their placement.
“Democrats have more voters, but they’re in the wrong places,” he said.
Former Clinton campaign adviser Zerlina Maxwell blamed Democratic woes on racial issues and voter suppression in the rust belt, adding that Democrats can thrive without the help of the white working class.
“I think what we need to do is focus on it [voter suppression] more. We didn’t really talk about it in the lead up to the election because there are studies that say if you talk about it, then that actually suppresses the vote more,” she said. “But when you’re looking at a state like Wisconsin where the margin was 70,000 and you look at the data that 200,000 black voters were not able to vote because of Crosscheck, then you get into a point where yes we can win without as much of the white working class base.”
Crosscheck is an interstate program that seeks to purge illegal voters from the rolls to prevent fraud on election day. The program started in 2005 with one state (Kansas) participating, but state membership is now up to 30, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Maxwell tried explaining why liberal voters do not live in swing states, and said it’s likely because of the harsh policies against minorities that exist in those parts of the country.
“There’s a lot of polices in red states that are harmful to marginalized communities, and that’s why we choose to live in places like California and New York,” Maxwell said.
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