Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez said Tuesday that Democrats should give President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE as much respect as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHouse to act on debt ceiling next week White House warns GOP of serious consequences on debt ceiling Lindsey Graham: Police need 'to take a firm line' with Sept. 18 rally attendees MORE (R-Ky.) gave President ObamaBarack Hussein Obama Chelsea Manning tests positive for COVID-19 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Tight security for Capitol rally; Biden agenda slows Obama backs Trudeau in Canadian election MORE.
Tom Perez, who is running to be the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said that Trump's policies should be opposed by Democrats unless they are aimed at assisting working class families.
"I think we should give Donald Trump the same respect that Mitch McConnell accorded to Barack Obama ... which is not much of anything," Perez said in an interview with MSNBC.
McConnell led the GOP's charge to reject Obama's attempts to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia's Supreme Court seat. Scalia passed away in February, and Republican senators refused to hold a hearing or vote on Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland.
"[If] you look at the actions of his first four days and it's been a series of broken promises," Perez told Rachel Maddow Tuesday, criticizing Trump for not taking steps toward increasing wages or improving standards of living.
During his interview, Perez also reflected on the mistakes of the Democratic Party during the 2016 election, and has urged the party to "go back to basics."
"And we lost sight of the basics. Data analytics are fine, and they are important, but they can't supplant good old fashioned house calls," Perez added.