Fox News co-host Bob Beckel had a strong message for his fellow Democrats on Wednesday: Enough with the identity politics.
On the "The Five," Beckel said that Democrats should take responsibility for their 2016 election losses instead of doubling down on identity politics and appealing to special interest groups while ignoring the working class in America.
"Let me just say, I'm going to anger my Democratic friends, they're already mad at me about this," Beckel started.
"We continue to say we’re the party of labor, women, minorities — you know, LGBT — whatever it is,” he said. “I gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention. I said, 'We’ve got to stop doing that and get back to where we were built — which is, helping people who are working people.' And they don’t identify with that.
"And the idea that Republicans would get anybody who is a working person to vote for them is amazing to me, but the Democrats deserve a lot of the responsibility," he continued.
Co-host Greg Gutfield agreed, noting that it was hard to tell the difference between parodies and issues championed by the Democratic Party.
"You know how you know your religion — which is identity politics — is toxic? It's when you can't tell the difference between the real story and the parody," Gutfield said. "Like when you think it might be an Onion story — it might be a joke — but then you find that it's actually real that somebody believes this, that somebody says if you serve tacos at a party it's cultural appropriation."
The panel's discussion stemmed from remarks liberal comedian Bill Maher made to CNN's Jake Tapper on Tuesday about identity politics hurting the party as a whole.
"Ease up on the identity politics," Maher suggested.
"One of the problems the Democrats have is that they obsess about things like Halloween costumes and the name of the Washington Redskins," he said. "And there’s millions of people in this country who are saying, ‘How about a little bit more of 'I’m going to get your job back'?' "