After facing a brutal 2016 election where the Democratic Party failed to win the White House and fell short of capturing majorities in the House or the Senate, Fox News host Megyn Kelly confronted a top Democratic operative on what seems like a lack of introspection.
"Where is that soul searching?" Kelly asked former Hillary Clinton advisor Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress.
The Fox anchor's comment came after she played a Sunday clip from CBS' "Face the Nation" in which Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who had just won re-election for her post as minority leader, told host John Dickerson, "I don’t think people want a new direction."
Kelly called the remark a "strange statement," telling Tanden that the "Democrats just got blown out."
In response, Tanden acknowledged that one of the main reasons Trump won the presidency is because people do want a shift in Washington, D.C., telling Kelly that Democrats "do recognize" that reality.
During his bid to replace Pelosi as minority leader, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) said, "I’m pulling the fire alarm because the house is burning down."
Tanden and Kelly then got into a back-and-forth about Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), who is a candidate to be the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Many concerns have been raised about his past connections to anti-Semitism and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
Tanden seemed to argue that Ellison's past comments and connections are inconsequential because former Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon, a former executive at Breitbart News and the incoming White House chief strategist, has made controversial statements and will hold a powerful position in the Trump administration.
"If you are concerned about statements people are making, the fact that Steve Bannon, who is going to be in the White House, was behind a website that trafficked in anti-Semitic smears—," Tanden remarked.
Kelly interrupted, "But that's just pointing to one controversial thing to defend another controversial thing."