When asked to identify the national leader of the Democratic Party, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) refused to answer. Long associated with Hillary and Bill Clinton, McAuliffe proclaimed that there are "many leaders" in the party when asked. MSNBC correspondent Katy Tur said on Thursday, "Give me a name, governor. Give me a name."
In response, McAuliffe would only express satisfaction with Democratic governors in general. Tur said that despite asking the same question of other Democrats recently, she has yet to receive an answer.
Barack Obama has recently increased his efforts to aid in finding new leadership, and a messge around which the party can coalesce. The former president has engaged in conversations with Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez, having also met with legislators on a "by-request basis."
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Republican, called the Democrats the "Mickey Mouse Party," in response to McAuliffe’s dodging. Democrats, he said, are moving further left. He criticized other Democrats, such Perez and New York Sen. Kristen Gillbrand, for using profanity in public while seeking to rally their constituencies in opposition to President Donald Trump. "They're using profanity to communicate their lack of a message. Profanity is essentially the forcible expression of a feeble mind," said Huckabee.