President Trump says the DNC chair race was 'rigged' against Ellison

The Democratic National Committee has a new chair.
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After months of campaigning, the Democratic National Committee has a new chair – former Labor Secretary Tom Perez.

It took two rounds of voting, but Perez beat out seven other candidates, including fellow front-runner Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison.

Perez immediately named Ellison deputy chair of the Democratic Party, but some Democrats were upset. NPR says his supporters in the crowd repeatedly chanted "Not big money, party for the people."

But Ellison responded to the loss by asking the party to come together, the Pioneer Press said.

“I am asking you to give everything you got to support Chairman Perez,” Ellison said. “You love this country. You love all the people in it. You care about each and every one of them. Urban, rural, suburban, all colors, all cultures, all faiths, everybody. And they are in need of your help. And if we waste even a moment going at it over who supported who, we are not going to be standing up for those people.”

One of Ellison's biggest supporters, Bernie Sanders, tweeted his congratulations to Perez.

However, there is at least one person who doesn't seem to accept the results of this election – the president.

President Trump took to Twitter early Sunday, first congratulating Perez and saying he "couldn't be happier for him, or for the Republican Party."

Then Trump added that the election was "rigged," implying that Ellison's affiliation with Sanders may have cost him the race.

Trump says like Sanders, Ellison never stood a chance – and that Hillary Clinton demanded Perez for DNC Chairman.

According to the Washington Post, Clinton never formally endorsed any candidate in the DNC race, though she and Perez have long been political allies, and Perez was widely considered the establishment candidate.

This isn't the first time Trump has tweeted about Ellison.

What's next for Ellison

Ellison, who represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional House District, said he’d resign from Congress if he won this race.

While he didn’t win, Ellison was still named deputy chair – so we’ll have to wait and see what that means in terms of him staying in Congress.

If Ellison were to leave, there’d need to be a special election to fill his place.

However, if Ellison stays, he might have some catching up to do. Lately, a lot of Minnesota’s U.S. representatives have been holding town halls. Ellison hasn’t recently because he was too busy in this race.

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