Filmmaker and leftist activist Michael Moore denounced Democratic Party leaders because the party’s defeat in a special runoff election for the 6th Congressional District in Georgia and the 5th Congressional District in South Carolina. In Georgia, the party spent millions in what was the most expensive House race in history in what was considered a referendum on President Donald Trump. Moore and fellow leftists appear to be furious that the Democratic Party has failed to develop new messaging or strategies since Trump’s electoral victory last November.

In a series of tweets, Moore slammed the Democratic National Committee and its House campaign apparatus for having “no message, no plan, no leaders.” The millionaire filmmaker said that Democratic leaders “hate the resistance,” in reference to the array of leftist and anarchist movements that have taken on Trump’s supporters and push for a leftist slant in the Democratic Party.

He wrote "If you think the party who's won the vote in 6 - 0 in the last 7 presidential votes but holds zero power and is now going to win next year...get a friggin clue.

"The Democratic National Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has [sic] no idea how to win 'cause they have no message, no plan, no leaders, won't fight and hate the resistance. I say this to my 7.5 million people on social media and the millions who watch my movies and read my books: Are we going to sit by and let this happen?"

Many Democrats and leftists are trying to grasp the gravity of their party’s loss in Georgia, where Democrat Jon Ossoff was defeated by Republican Karen Handel in runoff race to replace former Rep. Tom Price who is now Health and Human Services secretary. Democrats had been eager to at least make a statement in the reliably conservative district and sought to embarrass the Trump administration. In the Georgia race, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was featured as a kind of bogeyman by Handel’s supporters and ad campaign.

On the day of the race, Handel told Fox News "The people of the 6th District want this to be about the 6th District," and added "They are not interested in Hollywood and California coming in and buying this seat." The latter was a reference to the millions of dollars raised from out of state for Ossoff. In addition, Handel and her supporters made mileage by pointing out that she actually lives in the district, whereas Ossoff did not. "Republicans are motivated," Handel said. "They do not want someone who lives outside of the district coming in and representing them. And they surely don't want Nancy Pelosi's guy coming in to try to buy this seat."

Some Congressional Democrats took little time to blame their party’s leaders for Ossoff’s defeat. “We’d better take a good, long, strong look in the mirror and realize that the problem is us; it’s the party,” Rep. Tim Ryan (Ohio) said on Wednesday, according to The Hill. He said that Ossoff, while a “great” candidate, could not carry the “national baggage” of the Democrats. Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) agreed. “We need to have a plan; we need to have a vision; we need to tell Americans why Democrats will be better, not just why Trump is bad,” Moulton said. “And I don’t think we’re doing enough of that, and I think that’s evident in this [Georgia] race.”

Regarding the GOP’s strategy of identifying Ossoff with Pelosi, Ryan said that Republican ads damning Pelosi are still effective and hurt Democratic Party candidates. Ryan challenged Pelosi for the top spot after the November general election. He believes that reversing the course for the party will be difficult, if not impossible. Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY) told CNN: “We need leadership change. It’s time for Nancy Pelosi to go, and the entire leadership team.”

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