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03/10/2017 04:24 pm ET

Keith Ellison Tells Disappointed Supporters To ‘Buck Up’

Progressives have faced tougher challenges, the new deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee said.

Some supporters of Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) are upset that Democratic officials elected former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as chair of the Democratic National Committee last month.

But Ellison, who Perez immediately named deputy chair of the DNC, is not having it.

The Young Turks network caught up with Ellison on Sunday in Selma, Alabama, where the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus was helping commemorate the 52nd anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” march for voting rights.

Keith Ellison addresses the audience as the Democratic National Committee holds an election in Atlanta on Feb. 25, 2017. He l
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Keith Ellison addresses the audience as the Democratic National Committee holds an election in Atlanta on Feb. 25, 2017. He lost the race, but is encouraging his supporters to stay active.

If the activists who were savagely beaten on Bloody Sunday could persist in their efforts, then progressive activists can persevere against much less onerous resistance now, Ellison argued.

“You’re interviewing me in Selma, Alabama,” Ellison said. “These people paid a price far superior to any price we’re paying right now. I mean these people were shot, killed, murdered, bombed ― you name it, it happened. It never stopped them from fighting.”

“So don’t tell me because you’re frustrated about what happened in my DNC race or Bernie’s race or anybody else’s race that you gonna throw your hands up,” he added. “That’s a bunch of crap right there. Buck up!”

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