Democratic political strategist James Carville blamed his party's recent losses and weak performance in state elections on "stupid wokeness" on Wednesday.
"PBS NewsHour" host Judy Woodruff asked Carville what went wrong for the Democratic Party in the Virginia gubernatorial race in which Republican Glenn YoungkinGlenn YoungkinThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - New vaccine mandate in NYC; Biden-Putin showdown Republicans eye gains with female voters after Virginia rout Activists preparing for midterms with abortion as a key issue MORE beat former Gov. Terry McAuliffeTerry McAuliffeRepublicans eye gains with female voters after Virginia rout Northam announces final steps in clearing, ceding area where Lee monument stood Judges uphold GOP win for Virginia state House seat, cementing party control of chamber MORE.
"What went wrong is just stupid wokeness. Don't just look at Virginia and New Jersey. Look at Long Island, look at Buffalo, look at Minneapolis, even look at Seattle, Wash. I mean, this 'defund the police' lunacy, this take Abraham Lincoln's name off of schools. I mean that — people see that," Carville said.
"It's just really — has a suppressive effect all across the country on Democrats. Some of these people need to go to a 'woke' detox center or something," he added. "They're expressing a language that people just don't use, and there's backlash and a frustration at that."
Democratic New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy narrowly eked out a reelection victory on Wednesday, another indication of Democrats' diminishing strength in state elections.
Carville said that suburbanites in Virginia and New Jersey "pulled away" from such "wokeness." He pointed out that Youngkin never ran any ads against President BidenJoe BidenHouse passes 8B defense policy bill House approves bill to ease passage of debt limit hike Senate rejects attempt to block Biden's Saudi arms sale MORE and suggested that the Republican candidate had simply allowed Democrats to "pull the pin and watch the grenade go off."
"We got to change this and not be about changing dictionaries and change laws," Carville said. "These faculty lounge people that sit around mulling about I don't know what. ... They're not working."
Carville has decried "wokeness" in the past, telling Vox's Sean Illing earlier this year that it was a "problem."
"Wokeness is a problem and everyone knows it. It’s hard to talk to anybody today — and I talk to lots of people in the Democratic Party — who doesn’t say this. But they don’t want to say it out loud," said Carville.