Prepare for “Resistance Summer” courtesy of the Democratic National Committee which is reportedly planning to spend $1 million dollars to hold rallies, town halls and neighborhood meetings this summer to foment voter opposition to President Trump.
The 50-state initiative will begin across the country in early June and will be part of a national training summit aimed at attracting new Democratic voters. “Resistance Summer” is the party’s first expansion effort since Tom Perez assumed the role of chairman.
Democrats are struggling to regain power in DC following sweeping losses across America. The White House, Senate and the House are controlled by Republicans, and the GOP holds 33 governorships nationwide, plus the GOP holds the majority in approximately two-thirds of state legislatures.
According to Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, Perez’s deputy at the DNC, the intent of “Resistance Summer” is to assist local Democrats in managing voter database improvements. “We’re asking them to engage neighbors not just in this whole mess about Trump but on what kind of vision we have for our country,” Ellison said, noting that he and Perez are frequently communicating with many independent groups on the left.
In short, the DNC’s strategy is to channel anti-Trump sentiment to improve voter turnout, and ultimately win elections.
The first states to receive funds include Arizona, Massachusetts, Michigan, Kansas and South Dakota.
Michigan Democratic Chairman Brandon Dillon is looking forward to using the money to help pay six new field organizers that he has hired since November when Clinton was beaten by Trump by fewer than 11,000 out of more than 4.5 million votes. The field organizers are tasked with updating individual voter information that the Democrat Party provides its candidates.
“Our voter file isn’t as good as it should be, and we haven’t been doing the kind of organizing we should,” Dillon said.
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