Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.
Fast Forward

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel: Democrats Too Focused On Trump

Rahm Emanuel, the tough-talking Obama aide and current Chicago mayor, does not think his fellow Democrats are appealing to the middle class.

“We believe we’re for them, but they don’t — if they don’t hear we’re for them, then we got a problem. It’s not just for the string of policies. It’s also a set of values that respect who they are in their lives,” he told Politico’s “Off Message” podcast.

Emanuel left the Obama White House to run for mayor of Chicago after serving as chief of staff. He was a key architect of the Democrats’ rise to power a decade ago – when he helped the party take back Congress in 2006 and two years later win the presidency.

He advised the party to focus on winning over moderate voters in suburbs. “Talking to ourselves and persuading ourselves,” Emanuel said, “is not going to be the way you get to a majority.”

Contact Daniel J. Solomon at [email protected] or on Twitter @DanielJSolomon

I hope you appreciated this article. Before you go, I’d like to ask you to please support the Forward’s award-winning, nonprofit journalism during this critical time.

Now more than ever, American Jews need independent news they can trust, with reporting driven by truth, not ideology. We serve you, not any ideological agenda.

At a time when other newsrooms are closing or cutting back, the Forward has removed its paywall and invested additional resources to report on the ground from Israel and around the U.S. on the impact of the war, rising antisemitism and the protests on college campuses.

Readers like you make it all possible. Support our work by becoming a Forward Member and connect with our journalism and your community.

Make a gift of any size and become a Forward member today. You’ll support our mission to tell the American Jewish story fully and fairly. 

— Rachel Fishman Feddersen, Publisher and CEO

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.