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Host Joe Scarborough first noted that Democrats have been struggling with the Hispanic, Black and Asian voter base, before panelist Donny Deutsch, host of “On Brand With Donny Deutsch,” offered his blunt assessment that Democrats have gone too far woke.
“The Democrats have to step away from the super wokeness,” Deutsch said. “I mean San Francisco really tells what’s going on. You have three school board members that were voted out by 70% because they’re focusing on things like changing the name of schools. This is not what voters care about. When it comes to school, they care about are they safe, are they getting the right education … are the schools open?”
“This is a factual political discussion,” he continued. “If you give the Republicans the ability to point the Democrats as this super-woke culture focused on the wrong things that don’t matter to voters … you’re going to lose. So you need to step away from super-wokeness.”
Scarborough agreed that woke politics is “really hurting” Democratic candidates. He also said that it upsets liberals just as must as conservatives.
“You can make a strong case, I think, that too many Democrats just don’t speak in terms of the average American comprehending what they’re saying,” political commentator Mike Barnicle said during the discussion. He added that some voters think that the pandemic has destroyed children who have dealt with uncertainty surrounding school for the past two years.
“The anxiety in this country, is like a pressure cooker,” he said, noting that the tension may drive many voters to the Republican Party.
Three San Francisco school board members, President Gabriela López, Vice President Faauuga Moliga and Commissioner Alison Collins, were recalled Tuesday. Mayor London Breed said following the vote that voters delivered a strong message about the importance of focusing on a “well-run school system above all else.”
“San Francisco is a city that believes in the value of big ideas, but those ideas must be built on the foundation of a government that does the essentials well,” the mayor said.