DNC Chairman Tom Perez calls Trump's first 100 days an 'abysmal failure'

TIME 100 honoree and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez isn't holding any punches when it comes to President Donald Trump.

Perez called Trump's first 100 days an "abysmal failure," describing his time in office to AOL News as "chaos, carnage, divisiveness."

While the DNC chair used strong words to voice his disapproval -- he is not alone. A recent poll conducted by AOL News found that a majority of people surveyed disapprove of the way Trump has handled his job in the first 100 days of his presidency. The survey found 53 percent of respondents disapprove of the job Trump is doing, while 43 percent said they approve.

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Trump has struggled to get the ball rolling in Washington. The new administration has been marked by controversies and several high-level failures, including the GOP's failed attempt to pass their Obamacare repeal and replace bill. Trump's proposed travel ban has meanwhile been blocked twice by federal judges.

Perez, whose parents are immigrants from the Dominican Republic, said the idea of Trump's travel ban on majority Muslim countries is "an affront to our democracy."

"It doesn't make our nation any safer, and it doesn't make our democracy any stronger," said Perez. "And that's why Democratic and Republican-appointed judges have struck it down."

When asked what he feels should be Trump's next big push, Perez said he would like to see immigration reform.

"We should pass comprehensive immigration reform along the lines of the 2014 bipartisan deal that passed the senate, but he won't do that because he's beholden to the far right," said Perez.

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The 55-year-old attended the TIME 100 Gala on Tuesday evening in New York City. He was honored as one of 2017's most influential people.

Perez is currently reshaping the DNC. After taking leadership of the organization, Perez called for a complete restaffing in late March. DNC leaders are hoping to start fresh after a devastating election loss in November and a campaign that was plagued by hackings.

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