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

DNC chairman: ‘The party of Lincoln is officially dead’
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Tom PerezThomas Edward 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 John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question MORE and former GOP Senate candidate Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreNikki Haley blasts Roy Moore's Senate bid: 'He does not represent our Republican Party' The Hill's Morning Report — US strikes approved against Iran pulled back Klobuchar fundraises for Doug Jones following Roy Moore's Senate run announcement 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 RyanPaul Ryan praises Trump: 'He's not taking any crap' The Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck Ocasio-Cortez calls out Steve King, Liz Cheney amid controversy over concentration camp remarks 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 McConnellEXCLUSIVE: Trump on reparations: 'I don't see it happening' Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids — Trump issues order to bring transparency to health care prices | Fight over billions in ObamaCare payments heads to Supreme Court Hillicon Valley: Senate bill would force companies to disclose value of user data | Waters to hold hearing on Facebook cryptocurrency | GOP divided on election security bills | US tracking Russian, Iranian social media campaigns MORE (R-Ky.) is the Senate majority leader.