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Sen. Tim Kaine: 'We've Got' to 'Fight in the Streets'

Michael W. Chapman
By Michael W. Chapman | October 16, 2018 | 11:11 AM EDT

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.)
(Getty Images.) 

Commenting on how Democrats can strengthen their party by effectively targeting Trump administration policies they oppose, Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said liberals must "fight in the courts, fight in the streets" and "fight at the ballot box."

On MSNBC's Morning Joe, co-host Mika Brzezinski asked, "So, broad question about the future of the Democratic Party, especially given your firsthand experience with what we've all been through. There's so much going on here that we clearly see, you know, places where you -- we can criticize what the administration is doing, but how does the party rebuild? How do you prevent overreach in a situation like this? How do you prevent a continuation of the bubble in a situation like this, and how does the party reclaim its reach across the country while fighting these battles?" (Question starts at 3:26 into video.) 

Senator Kaine, the former vice presidential candidate in the Hillary Clinton 2016 camapign, replied, "We are so excited that the American public is energized to speak out against the abuses of this administration."

"Democrats, senators led healthcare rallies -- Save Our Healthcare -- on Martin Luther King Day in about 75 cities around the country, including Richmond," he said.  "Tens of thousands of people rallied to save our health care. Then, the Women's March that was organized at a grassroots level. Then, people coming out in protest of these orders."

"So, the way we get outside the bubble is we take advantage of this tremendous public outcry against the administration," said Kaine. 

"What we've got to do is fight in Congress, fight in the courts, fight in the streets, fight online, fight at the ballot box, and now there's the momentum to be able to do this," he said in the 2017 interview.  "And we're not afraid of the popular outcry, we're energized by it and that's going to help us do our job and do it better."

Last week, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said liberals can no longer be civil with the Republican Party. "You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about," she said. "[T]he only thing that the Republicans seem to recognize and respect is strength."

Liberal and far-left activists clash with police in Portland, Oregon. (Getty Images.)

On Sunday, actor/activist Alec Baldwin gave a fundraising speech in New Hampshire. In his remarks, he said liberals "need to overthorw the government of the United States under Donald Trump," but do so in an "orderly way" and "through elections."

"The way we implement change in America is through elections," said Baldwin, as RealClearPolitics reported. "In that orderly way, we need to overthrow the government of the United States under Donald Trump. Not in a violent, awful way, but it must be overthrown nonetheless."

"Let’s make America great again, by making Donald Trump a casino operator again," said Baldwin. 

h/t RealClearPolitics


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Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman