Dem running for president says party misaligned with America

West Virginia state Sen. Richard Ojeda (D) said in an interview that aired Tuesday on "Rising" that Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerLawmakers pay tribute to late Justice Stevens Trump administration denies temporary immigrant status to Venezuelans in US Colombian official urges more help for Venezuelan migrants MORE (D-N.Y.), House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Will Trump's racist tweets backfire? Al Green: 'We have the opportunity to punish' Trump with impeachment vote MORE (D-Calif.), and Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersSenators unload on Facebook cryptocurrency at hearing Democrat Sherrod Brown torches Facebook at hearing: They 'broke journalism,' 'helped incite a genocide' House Democrats mull bill to ban Facebook cryptocurrency project MORE (D-Calif.) were not truly in line with the party. 

"Look, Schumer and Waters and Pelosi, they are not in line with what the Democratic Party is supposed to be," Ojeda, who lost his bid for Congress last week, told Hill.TV's Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball on Monday. 

"The Democratic Party is supposed to be the party that looks out for the working-class citizens. That's what they do. We don't have that today. They're the party that believes that we got to take care of our elderly. We got to fight to protect Social Security. We got to take care of our sick. We need to give people a form of, nonaddictive form of pain management. We need to take care of our veterans. If I'm going to send you away and break you, I'm going to fix you when you come home. And we got to create opportunities for those who live in poverty that elevate themselves out of poverty with a hand up," he continued.

"I definitely do not see anyone doing that, and that's something that's got to change. That's what I believe a Democrat truly is, and that's why I will remain a Democrat, and I will always be a Democrat," he said. 

Hill.TV has reached out to Schumer, Pelosi, and Waters for comment. 

Ojeda, who once supported President TrumpDonald John TrumpPompeo changes staff for Russia meeting after concerns raised about top negotiator's ties: report House unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist MORE, announced in the same interview that he was launching a presidential bid to challenge Trump in 2020, joining what could be a crowded primary field. 

 

— Julia Manchester