On Wednesday, Democratic strategist James Carville called out his own party for its “metropolitan arrogance” and “urban smugness” that he said might hurt their chances in the 2022 midterm elections.
Carville made his comments on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time.”
Democratic strategist James Carville warning for Democrats as the 2022 elections approach.
“Speak plain English… respect everybody,” he says. “…So often Democrats come across with this metropolitan arrogance, urban smugness that people feel and it hurts us.” pic.twitter.com/UlJYBiKwmx
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) May 27, 2021
Carville: ‘Democrats Come Across With This Metropolitan Arrogance’
David Axelrod, a former Obama adviser, said, “Democrats have won seven out of the eight national elections, popular vote.”
“But that’s not how we elect presidents,” Axelrod added. “Every state has two senators.”
Axelrod continued, “As we become more and more of a metropolitan party and we write off large segments of the country. Donald Trump won 80 percent of the counties in this country.”
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Axelrod went on, “Biden understands that a lot of Democrats don’t. He understands that people who work with their hands, people who work with their back, people who farm are entitled to the same dignity as people who sit in front of a computer screen all day.”
“But that’s not always the attitude of the Democratic Party,” Axelrod warned. “I think there’s a price to be paid for that.”
Carville agreed and elaborated on Axelrod’s comments about the current disposition of the Democratic Party.
Carville said, “I think speak plain English and just what David said if the nature of being a Democrat is you respect everybody and particularly respect people’s labor.”
The “Ragin’ Cajun” then zeroed in on Dems’ “smugness.”
“So often, Democrats come across with this metropolitan arrogance, urban smugness that people feel, and it hurts us,” Carville said.
Strategist James Carville says Democrats have a wokeness problem.
It will hurt Democrats if continue to deploy language that doesn't touch the "intersection of people's lives," he says.
"It's just faculty lounge jargon…it gives the aura of cosmopolitan smugness." pic.twitter.com/oXBJwpeD3i
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) April 30, 2021
Carville: ‘The People In South Chicago Do Not Speak The Same Language’
He continued, “By the way, it even hurts us with people that live in cities that don’t speak this jargony faculty language. The people in South Chicago do not speak the same language that the faculty at the University of Chicago speaks.”
“It’s just that simple,” Carville emphasized.
“We’re Democrats, and we’re trying to persuade people, and we have to persuade a lot of them because you’re right,” Carville said. “Eighteen percent of the country elects 52 senators.”
“We have to be communicators, and we have to take every chance to communicate as precious and communicate with everybody and don’t be so smug about everything,” he finished.
It’s not the first time Carville has tried to sound the alarm about the language used by the left.
Back in April, Carville said during an interview with Vox that “wokeness” was becoming a problem for the Democrats.
“‘Wokeness’ is a problem and everyone knows it,” he said. “It’s hard to talk to anybody today — and I talk to lots of people in the Democratic Party — who doesn’t say this.”
“They come up with a word like ‘Latinx’ that no one else uses. Or they use a phrase like ‘communities of color,’” Carville laments.
“I don’t know anyone who speaks like that. I don’t know anyone who lives in a ‘community of color,’” he continued. “I know lots of white and Black and brown people and they all live in … neighborhoods.”
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