Democratic Party leaders said Tuesday that historic wins in the Philadelphia suburbs show "an absolute rejection" of President Donald Trump and his policies.

The party leaders, including Democratic National Committee CEO Seema Nanda and Pennsylvania Democratic Party Vice Chairman Sharif Street, spoke at a roundtable discussion with party leaders from Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties.

In Delaware County, Democrats won control of the County Council for the first time since the Civil War; in Bucks County, they took control of the Board of Commissioners for the first time since 1983; and in Chester County, they swept the county commissioner races.

“One thing we also know from these wins is that this is an absolute rejection of Trump and his divisiveness and his track record of broken promises in the state of Pennsylvania,” Nanda said.

She cited Trump's sabotage of the health care system and the loss of manufacturing jobs under his administration.

“I think what we see is a record of broken promises of this president, but then we see candidates in a party that says these county elections are every bit important as every other election that happens, because it’s where decisions get made and it’s where people are mobilizing on the ground,” Nanda continued.

“Democrats are winning all up and down the ballot all across the country and especially here in Pennsylvania,” said Sinceré Harris, executive director of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party.

“Pennsylvania is the battleground of battleground states.”

Harris honed in on the importance of county leadership working in unity.

“This was first year that we saw at the county level, all four counties running county-wide coordinated campaigns,” she said, noting that leadership raised funds and pooled their resources together to ensure that their candidates appeared in paid advertisements.

Street, who is also a state senator representing Philadelphia, credited the victories in Southeast Pennsylvania to two things.

“One, we had candidates who were qualified, committed and believed in what they were doing,” he said.

“Two, we had a cohesive message that was really talking about the kinds of issues that people cared about and we connected those issues to races. Ultimately we invested in the leadership that our county chairs provided and understood that the people who best understand how to win in those counties were people running in those counties and running those county organizations."

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