The Democrat Party is more divided than they ever have been.
Efforts to unify the party aren’t going well.
And a Democrat just said one thing that will ignite a civil war in the party.
The one thing Democrats agree on is their hatred of President Donald Trump.
Beyond that, they are highly divided.
One wing of the Democrat Party, led by figures like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders support socialist policies and far-left policies.
The other wing is led by soon-to-be Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and supports more traditional Democrat policies.
During the Obama years, the establishment wing led the party with virtually no opposition.
President Trump has been serving as a figure for the far-left to mobilize behind.
They are able to force more extreme positions into the mainstream of the party.
Proposals like abolishing ICE used to be off the table.
But now there are many in the party insistent on making those issues a part of the party’s priorities.
This is making things very difficult for many Democrats clinging to the mainstream of the party.
While abolishing ICE isn’t controversial to some, particularly in left-leaning states like California and New York, it is very controversial in conservative-leaning states.
One politician who knows this better than anybody is outgoing Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri.
Despite being a Democrat, and holding many unpopular opinions in the state, she has been able to serve 12 years as a Senator in Missouri.
To do so, she has been forced to make herself appear more moderate than the rest of her party.
She avoids discussion contentious issues like immigration and gun control and instead spends her time talking broadly about her positions, without getting specific.
Major Democrat figures like Barack Obama even avoid talking about her in order to not anger conservative voters in Missouri.
But in the recent midterm elections, things were different.
With President Trump in office, with major popularity in Missouri, McCaskill was put into a tough spot.
Her party’s main talking point is being anti-Trump, which doesn’t resonate with voters in Missouri.
And the ones who are talking about issues are even less popular.
People like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are fighting to make Democrats support socialism.
And those talks only serve to harm Democrats in conservative states.
McCaskill knows this well, considering her harsh defeat in the recent midterm elections.
Since leaving office, she has made her feelings about Ocasio-Cortez well known.
In an interview with CNN, McCaskill questioned her appeal, saying “I’m a little confused why she’s the thing.”
She then continues, seeming to allude that her rhetoric is harmful to the party as a whole:
“I hope she also realizes that the parts of the country that are rejecting the Democratic Party, like a whole lot of white working class voters, need to hear about how their work is going to be respected, and the dignity of their jobs, and how we can really stick to issues that we can actually accomplish something on,”
This makes it clear that McCaskill feels that promoting her ideas are harmful to the party, and they should instead focus on issues that are more popular with the base of the party.
With McCaskill no longer being in office, her saying this does little.
But it does signal that many in the establishment of the party likely feel the same way.
In the coming months, and years, it is likely that the two wings of the party will come to a head.
Democrats will need to choose whether they want to be the party of far-left socialism or not.
Do you think Democrats are going to fully embrace socialism?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.