As polling shows the midterm races tightening heading into Election Day, Democrats nationwide are grappling with messaging and whether they should take a more combative approach or follow former First Lady Michelle Obama’s mantra that “when they go low, we go high.”
Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.) from New York’s 13th Congressional District, prefers to channel President Trump’s campaign approach to “punch back ten times harder” if attacked by a political rival.
Bold TV asked Espaillat if he agreed with former Attorney General Eric Holder’s recent comments saying, “When they go low, we kick them.” Espaillat said he “pretty much agree[s]” with Holder and responded: “Well I represent Harlem, East Harlem, Immigrant Northern Manhattan and the Northwest Bronx, and in my neighborhood if you get punched in the eye, you throw another punch.”
“I thought it was bizarre,” Espaillat said of the meeting.
When asked about some national polling showing President Trump’s approval rating rising among African-Americans and whether West could be helping with that rise, Espaillat disagreed.
“Is it rising?” Espaillat said. “I don’t see any in Harlem, in fact I see it totally the opposite. In fact people across this district continue to think that his behavior at the White House was bizarre.”
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Carrie Sheffield is the founder of Bold. She is passionate about storytelling to empower and connect others. A founding POLITICO reporter, Carrie contributed on political economy at Forbes and wrote editorials for The Washington Times. After earning a master’s in public policy from Harvard University, she managed credit risk at Goldman Sachs and researched for Edward Conard, Bain Capital founding partner and American Enterprise Institute scholar. She earned a B.A. in communications at Brigham Young University and completed a Fulbright fellowship in Berlin.