DNC Forum Houston Liveblog -Donna Brazile

What a week.. It began with an inaugural address that was so dark.
Barely a week later on day to remember horrors of Holocaust, Pres Trump introduced policy discriminating people on the base of religion.
In the home of freedom of religion on day set aside for the Holocaust, Pres put in jeopardy, being divided.
Trump erased climate change and LGBT equality from White House website.
Any hope our president would show values for America’s people and laws, that hope is gone.

I marched in the streets of Amsterdam.
Over 500,000 marched in Washington, 3x more than showed up for the inaugurationIt wasn’t about identity politics, it was about unity politics.
Clear message: We will not back down. We will not turn back the clock. We will not remain silent.

Begins introducing former Kentucky governor Steve Beshear.

Six Out of Seven DNC Chair Candidates Skip Women’s March

New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman pointed out:

According to the Free Beacon, six out of the seven candidates running for chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee were in Florida last Saturday during a retreat of major Democratic donors organized by David Brock. The one exception: South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg:

Brock’s retreat was planned independently of the Women’s March which took place the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration. If any of them had known that march was going to be as big of an event as it was, they all probably would have gone to the nearest local march. This also raises the issue about the party’s relationship with donors and big money, a question which came up during the first DNC regional forum in Phoenix as well as interviews with the different candidates running for the job.  One question to watch in Houston this weekend will be whether Buttigieg uses this issue to distinguish himself from the rest of the candidates.

One other point worth mentioning about the Women’s March: George W. Bush had to start a war two years into his presidency to get that kind of global opposition and protest against him.  Donald Trump accomplished it on the second day of his presidency.