Dems pile on Trump at meeting
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Democrats piled on Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani says he is unaware of reported federal investigation Louisiana's Democratic governor forced into runoff Lawmakers focus their ire on NBA, not China MORE at their winter meeting on Friday, accusing the GOP front-runner of “race-baiting” and warning of the long-lasting impact of a potential Trump presidency.

On a conference call with the Democratic National Committee's executive committee — snowstorms on the East Coast prevented many Democrats from gathering in person for the Philadelphia meeting — Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman SchultzDeborah (Debbie) Wasserman SchultzDeLauro enters race to succeed Lowey as Appropriations chief Democrats walk tightrope in fight over Trump wall funds Parkland father: Twitter did not suspend users who harassed me using name of daughter's killer MORE asked her colleagues to visualize the U.S. less than a year from now, when Trump could be “taking his naps in the Lincoln Bedroom.”


“We need to get everyone who gives the slightest damn to start imagining what it’s going to look like on Inauguration Day one year from now,” Wasserman Schultz said. “The party of progress? Or the party of regress?”  

“Politics is fun, it should be, it’s something we all enjoy and really we’re a collection of true believers here,” she continued. “But it’s a lot more fun when you look in the rear-view mirror and say that you did the work. That you put the time in. That we rolled up our sleeves and did all that we could. When you know that the future is brighter because you got out the vote and Donald Trump is a distant memory instead of a guy taking his naps in the Lincoln Bedroom.”

Vice chairwoman Maria Elena Durazo went further, condemning the “race-baiting and hateful politics on the right" and singling out Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in particular, accusing them of engaging in “the politics of fear.”

Durazo cheered a vote by workers at a Trump hotel in Las Vegas who voted last year to unionize.

“They stood up to Trump and they won,” she declared.

Wasserman Schultz followed by saying it foreshadowed losses for Trump in the future.

“Donald Trump may not be such a winner after all,” Wasserman Schultz said. “Let’s certainly hope that losing streak continues for him.”

The bulk of the executive meeting focused on the nuts and bolts of the Democratic National Convention, which will be held in Philadelphia in late July.

Wasserman Schultz has been criticized for limiting the Democratic presidential debates and accused of hiding them on weekends and near holidays to shield Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRonan Farrow exposes how the media protect the powerful Kamala Harris to Trump Jr.: 'You wouldn't know a joke if one raised you' Comey says he has a 'fantasy' about deleting his Twitter account after end of Trump term MORE from scrutiny.

But on Friday, Wasserman Schultz touted the viewership for the four debates that have taken place so far and said the most recent debate last Sunday night in South Carolina drew more viewers than any of the Republican debates from 2008 and 2012 — the “pre-Trump” era.

“We had a great debate last Sunday. I’m sure you were as proud of it as I was,” Wasserman Schultz said. “It was the third-most watched Democratic primary debate of all time, with 10.2 million viewers on NBC, and it was seen by 12.5 million people over all. The debate audience was larger than the debate audience for every single Republican primary debate in 2008 and 2012, in the pre-Trump numbers.”

The fifth Democratic presidential debate will take place on Feb. 11 — after the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary — at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.