During an event in New Jersey last Friday, newly elected Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez claimed that Republicans "don't give a s**t" about Americans.
Perez's comments came during a rant about the GOP's recent failed attempt to repeal Obamacare and pass health care reform. Perez said the GOP's plan was essentially an "age tax" that would take necessary health care away from elderly Americans and those who received health insurance under Obamacare.
"Republicans don’t give a s**t about people. That's what it's all about," Perez said.
In response, a spokesperson for the DNC told TheBlaze on Saturday:
As anyone can see from public video of the event, Tom was referring directly to Donald Trump, Paul Ryan, and Congressional Republicans in their failed attempt to impose an age tax on older Americans and put health care out of reach for 24 million Americans.
The comments led to Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel to call on Perez to apologize for his "concerning" rhetoric.
But he didn't. In fact, Perez wrote on Twitter Monday that he has no apology to offer.
"Sorry, not sorry," he tweeted Monday in reply to a Washington Post story about his fiery rhetoric.
Sorry not sorry. https://t.co/PPyuzAwbpq— Tom Perez (@Tom Perez)1491263107.0
According to the Post's story, Perez's recent rhetoric isn't anything new:
At a speech in Detroit, Perez said Trump graduated from “Makin’ S--- Up University,” and at several live-streamed candidate forums, he described the administration’s executive orders on labor rules as “bulls---t.” The New Jersey and Texas speeches were the latest in a string of fiery Perez open mics; they were just the first to cross the radar of conservative media.
The incendiary rhetoric is likely permanent, too. Many Democrats believe Hillary Clinton's failure to directly attack then-candidate Donald Trump directly at the debates may have hurt her standing with undecided voters.
Clinton often employed the famed phrase "when they go low, we go high," coined by former first lady Michelle Obama. But now, however, with the dawn of a new Democratic Party, one that is more progressive and liberal than ever before, it appear Democrats are going to be hitting below the belt.
"[The actions of Republicans] and many others are further proof that Republican leaders in Washington don’t care about the American people and are only looking out for their wealthy friends," a DNC spokesperson told the Post.