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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 BidenBiden taps California workplace safety leader to head up OSHA Romney blasts end of filibuster, expansion of SCOTUS US mulling cash payments to help curb migration MORE and other key Obama administration figures supported Perez, who backed Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPelosi planned on retiring until Trump won election: report Pence autobiography coming from Simon & Schuster Amanda Gorman makes the cover of Vogue MORE in the primary.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHillicon Valley: Amazon wins union election — says 'our employees made the choice' On The Money: Biden .5T budget proposes major hike in social programs | GOP bashes border, policing provisions Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists 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.