Democrat Compares 2017 Races To Vietnam War

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Democratic strategist Maggie Moran compared the 2017 gubernatorial races to the Vietnam war in a Wednesday report from the Associated Press.

Moran referenced the harsh tone that some Democratic candidates for governor in the Virginia and New Jersey races used against President Donald Trump.

“It almost feels like it’s Vietnam War time. We haven’t seen this in generations,” Moran told the AP Wednesday. “There’s no question that it’s emblematic of what the future will bring in 2018 as a referendum on the Trump presidency.”

Moran works with Kivvit Consulting, which handles state and federal campaigns as well as labor relations and corporate communications. Moran served as senior advisor to Democrat Andrew Cuomo’s successful 2010 bid for New York governor.

New Jersey Democrat Phil Murphy compared Trump to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler in a February statement.


Democratic candidates in the Virginia gubernatorial race also attacked Trump. Former Democratic Rep. Tom Perriello asserted that Trump’s win was a “political and constitutional Sept. 11,” comparing the election to the massive terrorist attack in 2001.

Current Lt. Gov. of Virginia Ralph Northam called the sitting president a “narcissistic maniac” who shouldn’t be allowed to lead.


New Jersey Republican political consultant Chris Russell claimed that the wave of negativity is a calculated move that won’t pay off in November against Republican candidates in either state.

“My guess is that Democrats have made the calculation that attacking Trump is a better strategy than admitting how they would govern,” Russell told the AP Wednesday. “Sounds a lot like Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and we all know how that turned out.”

Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election in the electoral college to President Trump in November.

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