DNC chairman: ‘The party of Lincoln is officially dead’

DNC chairman: ‘The party of Lincoln is officially dead’
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Tom PerezThomas PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE, the chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), declared in a new interview that the GOP is no longer the "party of Lincoln."

In an interview on Politico's "Off Message" podcast, Perez said that the Republican Party is now defined by its current stewards — namely insurgent figures, like President TrumpDonald TrumpJury in Jussie Smollett trial begins deliberations Pence says he'll 'evaluate' any requests from Jan. 6 panel Biden's drug overdose strategy pushes treatment for some, prison for others MORE and former GOP Senate candidate Roy MooreRoy Stewart MoorePress: For Trump endorsement: The more sordid, the better Roy Moore loses lawsuit against Sacha Baron Cohen Shelby backs ex-aide over Trump-favored candidate in Alabama Senate race MORE.

“The party of Lincoln is officially dead,” Perez said. “It has become the party of Trump, [Roy] Moore, [Joe] Arpaio, [Paul] Ryan, [Mitch] McConnell.”

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Arpaio, the a controversial former Arizona county sheriff, is known for his hard-line views on immigration and law enforcement. He was convicted last year of ignoring a federal court order to stop racially profiling suspects. Trump eventually pardoned him, and just last week, he mounted a Senate bid in Arizona.

Moore, similarly, was an insurgent candidate, backed by Trump, despite numerous allegations that he pursued sexual and romantic relations with teenage girls when he was in his 30s. He lost his Senate bid to Democrat Doug Jones. 

Perez also ripped Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanFormer Sen. Bob Dole dies at 98 No time for the timid: The dual threats of progressives and Trump Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power MORE (R-Wis.) for his response to Trump's reported comments decrying immigration from "shithole countries." The Wisconsin Republican said the alleged remarks were "unfortunate."

"It’s 'unfortunate' when it rains before a Nats game," Perez told Politico. "It’s unconscionable when somebody does something like that."

Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money — McConnell searches for debt deal votes GOP working to lock down votes on McConnell debt deal The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Debt limit maneuvers; Biden warns Putin MORE (R-Ky.) is the Senate majority leader.