Democrats are barely a month into the Democratic primaries and already the divided party has begun to implode from both ends. Both the liberal and moderate factions are at each other’s throats over issues they supposedly agree on.
Grab your popcorn… The party that’s supposed to ‘take Trump down’ has just exploded.
It started with Sen. Kamala Harris’ comments at a town hall Monday that she backed eliminating the health insurance industry in order to achieve Medicare for all, Politico reported. Distancing herself from the proposal on CNN the next day, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) cautioned against immediately “changing our entire insurance system where over half of Americans get private insurance.”
But it didn’t end there. Oh no, the party has carried on bickering about healthcare and taxes. Likely where they can raise taxes without causing too much of a stir. Even their favorite subject – climate change.
“We have no center in either party, and we have extremes in both parties,” said Hank Sheinkopf, a longtime Democratic strategist based in New York. “The question is, ‘How does that work itself out? Not well. Not well because it creates greater conflict … If you have greater conflicts, how do you get together around one candidate? The only joining force here is dislike of Donald Trump.”
So there you have it. The party that can’t hold a single civil debate amongst themselves can at least admit the only thing they can agree on is that they’re all after Trump. I wouldn’t be so quick to say that Trump is uniting the party, however.
Just in the last few weeks alone we have watched them ‘snipe’ members over the border wall dispute.
Henry Cuellar, a Texas Democrat, and his colleagues had expressed “alarm and opposition” to comments Schumer made about backing more funding for the border. Schumer argued that he was firmly opposed to Trump’s wall with Mexico and would never give in so easily. But Cuellar refused the request.
“I said, ‘No, I’m not going to withdraw the letter because we don’t want you weakening House negotiations for Democrats,” Cuellar recounted of his conversation with Schumer.