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DNC Statement on President Obama’s State of the Union Address 

WASHINGTON – DNC Communications Director Luis Miranda issued the following statement on President Obama’s final State of the Union address:


“President Obama’s State of the Union address stands in stark contrast to the doom and gloom Republicans are peddling on the campaign trail. Hope, optimism, and faith in the American people have paid off over the last seven years. Our economy is adding jobs at a record pace, while the American people are safer and healthier than ever thanks to the President’s leadership. When the GOP’s candidates take the stage in South Carolina this Thursday for their next debate, they will offer up the same old failed policies. When the last Republican president left office our country was losing 800,000 jobs a month, families lost their homes and savings, and too many had to face bankruptcy just to pay for healthcare. This year the choice facing the American people is simple. We can go further to broaden opportunity for every American and ensure everyone has a fair shot, or we can go back.

“Tonight we were reminded that the State of our Union is strong, and it will take a Democrat as our 45th president to keep America moving forward.”




DNC Chair Statement on Tonight’s Democratic Debate in New Hampshire 

MANCHESTER--DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement on tonight’s Democratic debate in New Hampshire:


“I’m extremely proud of the job all of our candidates did tonight. Tonight we saw that presidential candidates can respect one another and respect the American people with the truth about what it takes to keep the American people safe. Our candidates laid out clear and detailed plans for dealing with our nation’s epidemic of gun violence at home and for combating ISIL and other terrorist threats abroad. Our candidates also had a spirited debate on how to improve the economic security of the American people, and how to build on President Obama’s legacy of creating jobs and moving the economy forward. Finally, I’m proud that both Senator Sanders and Secretary Clinton were able to quickly deal with the campaign data controversy and move on to the issues that matter to the voters.


“Our substantive and thoughtful debates stand in sharp contrast to the dangerous and offensive rhetoric that Republican candidates have embraced, which is making America less safe. No one on our debate stage attacked the appearance of another candidate or insulted any group of Americans. No one on our stage called for banning people from entering the country based on their religion. And on the economic front, no one on our stage endorsed failed trickle-down economic plans that would take us back to the policies that were in place preceding the Great Recession, which cost our country 8 million jobs while countless Americans lost their homes and savings. That's what's at stake in this election.


“Tonight’s debate makes me proud to be a Democrat, and makes me confident that we will keep the White House in Democratic hands in 2016. Our next president was on stage tonight at St. Anselm.”






Concord – New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement regarding the Democrat National Committee blocking Bernie Sanders from accessing campaign data:
“This is an obvious attempt by the Democrat National Committee to railroad Bernie Sanders and prop up Hillary Clinton’s failing candidacy. As Vice Chair of the DNC, New Hampshire Democrat Party Chairman Ray Buckley has a responsibility to denounce this egregious behavior and clear attempt by Washington Democrats to coronate Hillary Clinton. Americans deserve legitimate primaries on both sides of the aisle and this shameless power grab undermines the integrity of our two-party political system.”
On CNN earlier today, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz lashed out at Bernie Sanders and dismissed his complaints as “bluster.”





VIDEO: DNC Chair Statement on Tonight’s Republican Debate 

WASHINGTON – Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement on the Republican debate tonight in Las Vegas, Nevada. Video of her statement is available for use by media outlets by clicking HERE. Below is the full statement:


“Tonight’s debate in Las Vegas was a complete disaster for the Republican Party.  It was clear that not a single one of their candidates has what it takes to keep our country safe. From suggestions to shut down the Internet, to calling for punching Russians in the nose, to confusion about how to target ISIL -- or even where they are -- there were no serious proposals presented tonight. From Donald Trump on down, the Republican Party’s candidates have allowed their dangerous rhetoric to get them in way over their heads on national security.

 “The entire debate also ignored Republican opposition to keeping guns out of the hands of terrorists and the mentally ill, in the same week our nation marked the third anniversary of the massacre of 26 children and educators at Sandy Hook, and the deaths of 90,000 more Americans to gun violence since then. And there was no substantive discussion on the economic security of the American people, which is threatened by those candidates’ plans to go back to Bush-era policies that preceded the great recession and the loss of 8 million jobs. Perhaps most embarrassing for the GOP, their Chairman went on stage to tout the Republican Party’s outreach to minorities just as his candidates lined up to bash immigrants, while continuing to insult the entire Muslim religion. We need to keep America moving forward. Our country just can’t afford to take a risk on any of these reckless Republican candidates.”




DNC - The white supremacist bump? 

When the RNC concluded in itsautopsy report that “we badly need to reach beyond our base ofsupporters,” and that they “should build a broad grassroots outreach effort to increase the Party base,”is this what they had in mind?


White supremacist groups see Trump bump



The Ku Klux Klan is using Donald Trump as a talking point in its outreach efforts. Stormfront, the most prominent American white supremacist website, is upgrading its servers in part to cope with a Trump traffic spike. And former Louisiana Rep. David Duke reports that the businessman has given more Americans cover to speak out loud about white nationalism than at any time since his own political campaigns in the 1990s.


As hate group monitors at the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League warn that Trump’s rhetoric is conducive to anti-Muslim violence, white nationalist leaders are capitalizing on his candidacy to invigorate and expand their movement.


“Demoralization has been the biggest enemy and Trump is changing all that,” said Stormfront founder Don Black, who reports additional listeners and call volume to his phone-in radio show, in addition to the site’s traffic bump. Black predicts that the white nationalist forces set in motion by Trump will be a legacy that outlives the businessman’s political career. “He’s certainly creating a movement that will continue independently of him even if he does fold at some point.”


Trump does not belong to or endorse white supremacist groups. He has said that he does not need or want Duke’s endorsement and his campaign has fired two staffers over racist posts on social media. A man displaying a Confederate flag was ejected from a Trump rally in Virginia earlier this month.


But its leaders consistently say that Trump's rhetoric about minority groups has successfully tapped into simmering racial resentments long ignored by mainstream politicians and that he has brought more attention to their agenda than any American political figure in years. It is a development many of them see as a golden opportunity.


Meanwhile, analysts from the two leading organizations that track violence against minority groups say Trump is energizing hate groups and creating an atmosphere likely to lead to more violence against American Muslims.


According to experts at the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center who monitor hate groups and anti-Muslim sentiment, Trump’s call on Monday to halt the entrance of Muslims to the United States is driving online chatter among white supremacists and is likely to inspire violence against Muslims.


“When well-known public figures make these kind of statements in the public square, they are taken as a permission-giving by criminal elements who go out and act on their words.” said Mark Potok of the SPLC. “Is it energizing the groups? Yeah. They’re thrilled.”


Marilyn Mayo, co-director of the ADL’s Center on Extremism, said Trump’s proposal this week to halt the entrance of Muslims into the United States is only the latest statement to inject vigor into the racist fringe of American politics. “Since the beginning of Donald Trump’s candidacy, we’ve definitely seen that a segment of the white supremacist movement, from racist intellectuals to neo-Nazis have been energized,” she said.


A spokeswoman for the Trump campaign did not respond to requests for comment.


His rhetoric on minority groups has been condemned as racist by political observers on both the left and right and by the protesters who regularly interrupt his rallies. In his announcement speech in June, Trump said of undocumented Mexican immigrants, “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” After terror attacks killed 130 in Paris last month, he entertained the creation of a national database of all Muslims. On Monday, after Muslim extremists shot 14 dead in California earlier this month, Trump called for a halt on the entrance of Muslims into the United States.


The white racist fringe of American politics is a fragmented one, where attitudes toward Trump range from full-fledged embrace to cautious optimism to skepticism.


Black of Stormfront said Trump's rhetoric has been a boon to white nationalists. “He has sparked an insurgency and I don’t think it’s going to go away,” he told POLITICO of Trump.


Black, who said his site receives a million unique visitors a month, said Trump has helped drive a steady increase in traffic in recent months – including 30-40 percent spikes when the businessman makes news on immigration or Muslims – that is compelling him to upgrade his servers.


Rachel Pendergraft, a spokeswoman for the Arkansas-based Knights Party, which considers itself the national standard-bearer for the KKK, said the group encourages its members to engage with their communities through apolitical volunteer work and, at the right moment, steer conversation toward race and “white genocide.”


Trump, she said, has offered KKK members a prime opportunity to feel out potential recruits on their racial attitudes. “Right now he is a major talking point. He is in the news a lot.”


Duke, a former grand wizard of the KKK and perhaps the most notorious racist intellectual in the United States, said Trump, a successful businessman and the subject of nonstop media coverage, has given Americans license to more openly voice their racial animus.


“He’s made it ok to talk about these incredible concerns of European Americans today, because I think European Americans know they are the only group that can’t defend their own essential interests and their point of view,” Duke said. “He’s meant a lot for the human rights of European Americans.”


Even those white supremacists who remain unconvinced that Trump is one of them welcome his entrance to the political arena. “As long as he’s causing chaos and havoc with the citizens, he’s fine with me,” said former KKK leader Tom Metzger, founder of the racial separatist group White Aryan Resistance. “I love it.”


But like other white nationalist leaders, Metzger – who served jail time for unlawful assembly for taking part in a cross burning in California – said he was skeptical that Trump would actually follow through on many of the proposals that appeal to them most. That includes the businessman’s latest call to halt the entrance of Muslims into the country. “It’s going to get people excited and it could get out of hand … He’d have to employ the military to do it, and I don’t think they’re going to do that.”


Brad Griffin, publisher of the white nationalist blog Occidental Dissent, is among Trump’s skeptics. “Do we honestly believe that he’s going to block all the Muslims and deport all the illegals?” he said. “I think he’s doing a lot of this just to signal to people that he’s on their side.”


Griffin said that he was most enthusiastic about Trump’s candidacy this summer, but that his fervor has cooled since seeing details of the businessman’s tax and trade policies, which hew more closely to mainstream Republican positions than he had hoped.


Griffin said his white nationalist circles remain divided.


“There are people who are really excited about Trump and are true believers and there are people who believe Trump is just a politician. He’s brought attention to a lot of our issues, but those were our issues 20 years ago.”