A recent interview with Democrat Representative Katie Porter reveals concerns that the Democrat Party isn’t relating to the problems facing average Americans.
In fact, according to Politico, the California Democrat herself seemingly didn’t realize what was happening with inflation and skyrocketing prices on everyday products until she tried to buy a pound of bacon.
“Only after [Porter] put bacon in her cart at her local grocery store recently did she notice that its price had spiked to $9.99 a pound,” Politico writes. “Reluctantly, she put the package back.”
Americans have more frequently been running into that same problem – once you read the price tag on items you were able to purchase without concern before and see how high it’s gone, it goes back on the shelf or in the cooler.
Porter brought her concerns back to her Democrat colleagues where it became apparent they had no idea of the personal toll President Biden’s economy was taking on people.
One might sympathize with Porter, but Politico doesn’t mention that Porter is a millionaire and has a $174,000 a year salary. Instead, she continues to act like she is one of us.https://t.co/PSpedD8kxn
— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) May 12, 2022
Katie Porter Delivers the Bad News on Inflation to Democrats
The Politico report is fascinating as it delves into what happened next when Katie Porter tried to broach the topic of inflation with her colleagues just last week.
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They didn’t seem to have a clue.
Porter reportedly gave “an emotional speech” about how skyrocketing prices have dealt a blow to her own family for months during a private House Democratic Caucus.
She said, “It seemed like the first time the personal toll of high consumer prices had sunk in for some lawmakers in the room.”
Read that again.
Only after Rep. Katie Porter put bacon in her grocery cart did she notice its price had spiked to $9.99/lb. Reluctantly, she put it back.
It’s a dose of reality Porter…has long understood.
— Olivia Beavers (@Olivia_Beavers) May 11, 2022
Porter also conveys during the interview that some Democrats are so out of touch with the American people that they dismissed concerns about inflation because it wasn’t a factor in their polling.
“Too often, Congress recognizes issues too late,” she warned. “I had a colleague mention to me, ‘We’re not seeing it in the polls’ … Well, you don’t know what to ask.”
What I’m telling colleagues and reporters: Food prices are a real pain point for families. People, myself included, are shopping differently, putting back $6.29 boxes of cereal and spending considerable time looking for sandwich bread for under $5. (2/5)https://t.co/VGZbsVw5lI
— Rep. Katie Porter (@RepKatiePorter) May 11, 2022
Democrats Have a Messaging Problem
The Politico report reveals that Porter has concerns about Democrat messaging. The responses from her colleagues seem to indicate they have miles to go when it comes to “assure(ing) voters they understand everyday anxieties.”
Those messaging concerns were reported by The Political Insider back in December in a column analyzing a Democrat pollster who found “voters found Democrats were too focused on social issues and not enough on the economy.”
Of Democrat candidates running in the midterms, the pollster said he would advise them “we have a problem.”
— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) December 2, 2021
Prior to that, legendary Democratic strategist James Carville slammed his party for allowing woke progressive extremists to hijack messaging by focusing on “defund the police” rhetoric and “stupid wokeness” rather than what Americans actually care about.
🚨“There’s backlash and a frustration.” Democratic strategist James Carville blames “stupid wokeness” for Democrat election losses. He says “these people need to go to a woke detox center”. Democrats, he’s talking about you. pic.twitter.com/rqzsTFw0tM
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) November 4, 2021
A follow-up piece by the Political Insider pointed out further messaging issues with the Democrat Party on the economy, with one strategist who advises major donors to the party indicating – rather bluntly – it was a lost cause.
“Voters couldn’t name anything that Democrats had done, except a few who said we passed the infrastructure bill,” according to a center-left group.
As for that infrastructure ‘accomplishment’? Could they sell that to the financially battered American people?
“Too late. We’re f***ed,” the Democrat strategist predicted.
Democratic strategist who advises major donors said, “Too late. We’re f—ed.”
I’ve tweeted since day one that Biden’s cabinet & policies being shoved down the throat of voters will have significant consequences for democrats. Its too late to salvage 2022 https://t.co/viMyAGb1gA
— Live Monitor (@amlivemon) November 29, 2021
Before we go handing out kudos to Representative Katie Porter for trying to wake her party up to the fact that inflation is breaking the backs of the American people, it’s important to note that the congresswoman still seems to be in her own stupor.
In an interview with MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, Porter argued that inflation reinforces the need for abortion in this country.
“I don’t think they compare. I think they actually reinforce each other,” she said on the topics of abortion and inflation.
“So the fact that things like inflation can happen and it can become more expensive to feed your kids and to fuel your car is exactly why people need to be able to be in charge of how many mouths their going to have to feed,” she argued.
Democrat Rep. Katie Porter claims #Bidenflation “reinforce[s]” the “need” for abortion.
“The fact that we’re seeing this jump in expenses … pay more at the grocery store, pay more at the pump, pay more for housing is a reason” for abortion. pic.twitter.com/jVjuzXRhPz
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) May 12, 2022
Porter’s colleagues actually shamed her a bit in the Politico column, noting they were surprised by her emotional outburst on inflation considering she’s pretty wealthy.
“A few in the room during that Democratic caucus meeting said privately they were surprised by Porter’s emotional remarks about the price of food given her $174,000-a-year congressional salary,” Politico reported.
“Porter’s annual pay is more than double the average American household income.”
Her net worth, according to Open Secrets, was over $1 million back in 2018.
Recently a tearful Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) told colleagues how inflation is affecting her as a single mom, said they’re out of touch
They shamed her to Politico, said they’d engaged storytelling experts, and they’re gonna connect w/voters on…abortion?https://t.co/epV2pxl39m
— Jennifer Van Laar (@jenvanlaar) May 12, 2022
If they can’t even relate to their own colleague’s financial stress, how are Democrats going to relate to yours?