New DNC chair Perez will attend Trump's speech as former rival's guest

New Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez will attend President Trump’s speech to Congress Tuesday as the guest of former DNC race rival Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.).

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), who fell short to Perez in the contentious DNC chair race this past weekend, invited Perez as his guest to the highly anticipated address.

“DNC Chair Tom Perez has always been on the side of working people, and I am honored to have him as my guest to tomorrow evening’s Presidential Address,” Ellison said in a Monday statement.


“Tom will stand up for working Americans and fight Trump every step of the way in every corner of the country. I look forward to standing by his side, along with every other American who wants a fair economy.”

During the DNC campaign, Ellison won the support of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) and much of the party’s progressive wing. Perez, on the other hand, was favored by more establishment figures like former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE. 

Perez, the former Labor secretary in the Obama administration, defeated Ellison in a second round of ballots at the DNC’s winter meeting in Atlanta. Following his victory, Perez tapped the Minnesota congressman as the DNC’s deputy chair.

Since the election, Perez has wasted no time taking shots at Trump.

“We’ve seen no evidence of anything constructive from this president,” Perez said in a Sunday interview on NBC’s “Meet The Press.”

Trump weighed in on the DNC chair election outcome, tweeting that the election was “totally rigged” in Perez’s favor and compared it to the 2016 Democratic presidential primary between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

“The race for DNC Chairman was, of course, totally ‘rigged.’ Bernie’s guy, like Bernie himself, never had a chance. Clinton demanded Perez!” Trump tweeted Sunday morning.

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