Democrat Pennsylvania state representative Conor Lamb told the New York Times Sunday that Democrats lost seats in the U.S. House of Representatives because of rhetoric about banning fracking and defunding the police.
“I’m giving you an honest account of what I’m hearing from my own constituents, which is that they are extremely frustrated by the message of defunding the police and banning fracking,” Lamb, who narrowly defeated his Republican opponent in a close race, said.
“And I, as a Democrat, am just as frustrated,” he continued. “Because those things aren’t just unpopular, they’re completely unrealistic, and they aren’t going to happen. And they amount to false promises by the people that call for them.”
He said Democrats needed to “dial back” their rhetoric so that those in his party could do what they were put in office to do: help their constituents.
Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) also said last week that Democrats should “not ever use the words socialist or socialism ever again.”
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