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Lewandowski: Perez ‘doesn’t understand what’s going on in America’

Lewandowski: Perez ‘doesn’t understand what’s going on in America’
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Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski early Sunday blasted the new chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), saying Tom Perez “doesn’t understand what’s going on in America.”

"They ... had an opportunity to pick a candidate that understood what middle America is about and not someone who’s just concerned about the East Coast or West Coast," Lewandowski said on "Fox News Sunday."

“What we’ve seen is more of the same from the Democratic Party, which caused them to lose this election at the presidential level,” he added.

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“This is just a terrible decision for these guys,” Lewandowski, now a political consultant, said. “It is a huge move to the left.”

Perez, who served as Labor secretary in the Obama administration and as a civil rights attorney in the Justice Department, defeated Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) to become the next DNC chairman during a vote on Saturday in Atlanta.

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMissouri woman seen with Pelosi sign charged in connection with Capitol riots Facebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP MORE and other key Obama administration figures supported Perez, who backed Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFor Joe Biden, an experienced foreign policy team Millennials and the great reckoning on race Biden chooses Amanda Gorman as youngest known inaugural poet MORE in the primary.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSenate Democrats leery of nixing filibuster 'Almost Heaven, West Virginia' — Joe Manchin and a 50-50 Senate Biden to seek minimum wage in COVID-19 proposal MORE (I-Vt.) and many of his allies backed Ellison, the first-ever Muslim elected to Congress and a star on the left. Several Ellison supporters told The Hill last week that they are unsure if they can back Perez.

--This report was updated at 10:52 a.m.