Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel told his party they need to “take a chill pill” because they’re not winning Congress back in 2018, per The Hill.
“It ain’t gonna happen in 2018,” Emanuel said during a Q&A session at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in California. “Take a chill pill, man. You gotta be in this for the long haul.”
Emanuel went on to say it’s going to be a fight for years to come, and that they need to be invested “in the long haul.”
He also stressed the need to remain moderate as a party—an issue democrats will have a particularly difficult time with, as much of the party has become more left-leaning than ever.
“If you’re running in a Republican district, you got to get at somebody who can win in a Republican district,” Emanuel said. “Winning is everything. You don’t win, you can’t make the public policy. I say that because it is hard for people in our party to accept that principle. Sometimes you just got to win.”
Emanuel slammed his party, making the point that fighting internally about the platform is not conducive to victory.