'You absolute monster': Lefties descend into primal scream against DNC chief Tom Perez after Iowa fiasco
The Iowa caucuses have more than one loser, and maybe the biggest one is the Democratic Party. The high-trending Twitter tag right now is #TomPerezResign.
According to Newsweek:
As the Iowa caucuses descended into chaos on Monday due to inconsistencies in reporting results, Perez faced scrutiny over the DNC's announcement that it would no longer require 2020 Democratic presidential candidates to meet any donor requirements in order to participate in debates.
Here's how the delay in the caucus tally count, now being blamed on a supposedly incompetently coded reporting app, is going down, and this is just a tiny sample (LANGUAGE WARNING):
You absolute monster. Stealing the hours and hours of work from young volunteers from all over the country, canvassing, making calls, volunteering their precious hours and you have zero respect for any of us.— beth, purity test enthusiast (@bourgeoisalien) February 4, 2020
Fuck you, Tom.#TomPerezResign
If Tom Perez gets to wake up today with his job, it's a travesty.— Ignatius J. Reilly (@LevyPants07) February 4, 2020
This is one of the worst disasters in recent political memory. Absolute clown show, and he has to go.#TomPerezResign
#TomPerezResign OR THERE WILL BE A MASSIVE DEM EXIT! @TomPerez @HillaryClinton QUIT INTERFERING IN OUR ELECTIONS! Be quiet! Get a hobby! Quit trashing our candidates! Your opinion doesn’t matter! @DNC We’re tired of the establishment corruption!— GlitzySky (@GlitzySky) February 4, 2020
#TomPerezResign that's it!— Li'l (@Li_lSebastian) February 4, 2020
This is literally the greatest fuck-fest in the history of #IowaCaucuses
The DNC under your leadership has become an impotent garbage organisation!
Progressives and moderates never wanted this!
This is disgusting & disgraceful Tom. You are literally and single handedly handing the presidency to Trump AGAIN. It is so obvious you & @TheDemocrats are rigging rules at every turn to accommodate your picks. #TomPerezResign now. From: We The People— Tiffany OnSocial 🧢 (@Tiffany4Yang) February 1, 2020
What a joke. I just think about all the people who busted their ass, traveled and used their free time to pour their hearts and money into the most important election in any of our lifetimes just to be handed this ridiculous sh!t show from the Iowa Dem Party & DNC #TomPerezResign https://t.co/zd0ewyuFrf— The Real Merkins (@therealmerkins) February 4, 2020
You need to resign, TONIGHT. First the late night rule change to allow Bloomberg to debate, and now the Iowa app fiasco. #TomPerezResign— Vandana Whitney (@VandanaWhitney) February 4, 2020
That's a primal scream, and from a critical part of the Democratic Party base, its young people, based on surveying Twitter handles. Some are tweeting about "Dexit" or going third party.
The Democratic establishment's bid to blame the whole problem on an incompetent app is hard to believe, given the presence of competent coders on the left. How'd they get a bad one, given how many there are on the left side who do that well?
The blame is all over the place — on Hillary Clinton's operatives (among them, the notoriously unethical Robbie Mook) who created the app; on Pete Buttigieg, who supposedly helped finance the app, and by coincidence did well based on first tallies; and on Michael Bloomberg, who Democrats say has bought his way into the shambling party. But most of the rage seems concentrated on Tom Perez, who, at a minimum, didn't exert much oversight on the Iowa operation.
The raging tweets just keep coming and coming. It's like a fire hose out there.
What this shows is a Democratic Party in meltdown. The Sanders-loving base is absolutely livid. Sanders-supporters comprise a populist movement (of a leftist, Hugo Chávez stripe), so they fully expect much more than they've gotten in the past, their expectations are high, and they're the one part of the Democratic Party base that is truly energized. They are doubly so because they know they were cheated by the Democrats in the last election and are hypersensitive to the matter happening again — and sure enough, it has.
How are they going to win those people back, especially with the giant Trump juggernaut looming on the horizon? This is just their first primary race, and already they've blown it and created a crisis of confidence for themselves.
This tweet, from someone who doesn't seem to be a Bernie-ite, certainly speaks to the broader picture of their incompetence:
This is the Demoncrats Party. They want to run our economy and country yet can’t run a small caucus in Iowa #TomPerezResign— nick price (@nickprice91) February 4, 2020