Dem leader: Progressive left talks to voters like Chris Hayes instead of like ‘human beings’

Progressive politicians are starting to leave a bad taste in Democrats’ mouths as they start to realize that their politics don’t resonate with most Americans who couldn’t give a rip about things like gender pronouns or someone “feeling” like they are a boy instead of a girl.

This was made abundantly clear after Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) admitted in an interview with The New York Times editorial board which was published on Saturday that the left has a “likability problem” because “if our positions and our policies are so popular, why don’t they like us more?”

Maloney attacked progressives like his ultra-left-wing opponent New York State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi for being out of step with voters on a number of issues in the interview that was conducted on July 25.

“So for example, Democrats could be much more intentional about our work in rural areas, with veterans, with farmers, with people in communities that have not benefited from the global economy,” the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman argued.

“We could talk like human beings, we could build a relationship with voters. We could be more comfortable on the factory floor — or at least as comfortable on the factory floor as we are in the faculty lounge if it can sound that way,” the candidate for reelection in New York’s 17th District said.

“I think that most of the voters that we ask about this think that we’re out of touch, they think we’re elitist, we think we are better than they are,” Maloney continued. “And they don’t like it.”

Deputy opinion editor Patrick Healy seemed confused by the idea that Democrats might not sound like mouthpieces for the voters and shot back with, “What’s a Democratic phrase that doesn’t sound human? Like a talking point? Or when you say, we don’t sound human, what does that mean?”

“All of them,” Maloney said succinctly before being prompted for examples.

“I mean, listen, I don’t know — anything that comes out of Chris Hayes’s mouth,” Maloney joked.

“I mean, the fact is, is that if you listen to the way people speak on our cable news channels — I love Chris Hayes — but the point is, if you listen to the way we talk and communicate, it is not the way my voters talk. It’s not the way my neighbors talk, it’s not the way my family talks,” he continued.

“If I’m talking to a sheet metal worker in Pine Bush, he doesn’t talk about communities of color, he doesn’t use the word ‘rubric.’ He doesn’t talk about — the first-generation folks working in Newburgh don’t use the word ‘Latinx.’ Most people don’t understand who are cisgender, why they need to put pronouns on their email signature,” he said, noting that it took him longer to build relationships with his constituents.

“And I don’t have the luxury of not doing that, because I’m a gay guy with an interracial family — I’m raising my kids in Putnam County, which voted for Trump by 20 points,” he said.

“It’s not an accident that — it’s not an easy thing to be the first gay member of Congress from New York in a Trump district. And it just requires, I think, a level of listening and humility that I think our party isn’t very good at,” Maloney surmised.

Maloney received the New York Times’ endorsement for his campaign as one of many anti-progressive plugs that were explained by New York Magazine as  “The Times Sticks It To Progressives.”

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