The “Ragin’ Cajun” blamed what he called “noisy” Democrats for the party’s shaky performance in recent elections, telling CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Tuesday that people are more interested in how to improve their lives than “somebody else’s pronouns.”
“People want candidates to address their lives. Biden did a little worse, but he did better with suburban women. He did better with veterans … We did lose traction with Black voters and Hispanic voters, and I think part of that is we got identified by the defund the police and the language police, and that’s not who Biden is,” Carville said after Cuomo pointed out that in the 2020 presidential election former President Donald Trump gained ground amongst inner city voters, while President Biden gained ground within the suburbs.
“Look, this whole noisy identity left is 15% of the Democratic Party,” he added. “Two-thirds of [the Republican] party are these loony — agree with these loony insurrectionists. Yet we pay such a terrible political price for such a slightly more than fringe element of our party, where they don’t pay near the price for just totally goofy, not even on this planet part of their party. So we just have to be more effective and more determined in our communications.”
Cuomo questioned how Democrats could “own” crime as critics would point to things like bail reform and other judicial reforms that kept criminals on the streets.
Carville claimed movements to “defund the police” were “put to rest” with the victory of former New York City police officer Eric Adams, a liberal who ran against such policies, in the city’s Democratic mayoral primary.
“The overwhelming number of Democrats, the most important constituents in our party are Blacks and suburban women, they’re not into this, all right?” Carville said. “We’re letting a noisy wing of our party define the rest of us. And my point is we can’t do that. I think these people are kind of nice people. I think they’re very naive and they’re all into language and identity, and that’s all right. They’re not storming the Capitol, but they’re not winning elections. And I think people ought to see this for what it is.”
“People are way more interested in their lives and how to improve them than they are in somebody else’s pronouns,” he added. “I agree that it’s a problem, but it shouldn’t be as big a problem as it is because they’re nowhere near as big in the Democratic Party as the fringes are in the Republican Party, and that’s something that we’ve got to drive home.”