DNC Chair Tom Perez speaks in March at a protest against Trump's travel ban. (AP's Andrew Harnik)
The wilderness ... "Trying to quell accusations that he is ousting activists from the party's left flank," DNC Chair Tom Perez said Trump is "the most dangerous president in American history" and an "existential threat" to the nation, AP's Bill Barrow reports from Vegas:
- The salvo by Perez, speaking to the first DNC meeting since his election in February, "comes amid a rift over his appointments to little-known but influential party committees and the 75 at-large members of the national party committee."
- "Perez and his aides [say they're trying] to make the DNC younger and more diverse, but the moves also mean demotions for several prominent Democrats who backed Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential primaries and then supported Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison over Perez."