A 72-year-old white governor that's been out of office for more than a year doesn't seem like the obvious choice for the Democrats' response — especially given that their most recent presidential campaign was all about diversity and becoming "stronger together." And yet nonetheless former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear made some pretty good points — and presented it in a way that could win over some rural Trump supporters. If you didn't watch Steve Beshear's rebuttal, here's why you should. It's an important part of the Dems' message.
Now it may not be the argument that gets you fired up — for that you may want to watch Astrid Silva's Spanish-language response — but it's important to see what another part of the country responds to. The Democrats have decided to play up healthcare reform and the potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act as the main battleground with President Donald Trump. But they're also making a pointed effort not to divide Americans on the issue. They're trying to paint bipartisanship and cooperation as the goal. As Beshear says:
This may not be a blatant critique on Trump, but it brings home the message that the only way forward is by working with Americans of all backgrounds. And then he goes on to paint a picture of the people affected by the healthcare law. Kentucky saw half a million people gain coverage under Obamacare, and Beshear explains that they're normal people. You may even know one:
Sounds like a relatable message? These are real people whose healthcare would be taken away — and they're everywhere, even in states like Kentucky. And now that he has America listening, even some of the people who voted for Trump, he hammers home the other key part of the Democrats' message, that Trump is just not up for the job of president. Beshear criticizes his buddy-buddy relationship with Russia and goes in for the biggest critique:
The idea that Trump is not a real leader and is therefore threatening our democracy is vital to get across early — all without pitting one half of the country against the other. We need to hold the president accountable, but that can't happen if half the country, or even his devoted base, supports him blindly.
This response from the Democrats shows how they're planning to resist, and it might not look like you thought.