Democrats are trying to win elections at all costs in the age of Donald Trump. Unfortunately for many liberals and progressives, that means they’re softening their positions on some key issues, like abortion.
In an interview with The Hill, Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), who is also the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said that they’re opening their arms wider to prospective candidates who don’t believe everything that’s on the Democrat party platform. In particular, the DCCC will not withhold funding for candidates who oppose abortion.
“There is not a litmus test for Democratic candidates,” Luján told The Hill. “As we look at candidates across the country, you need to make sure you have candidates that fit the district, that can win in these districts across America.”
Luján is facing tons of backlash for the interview. NARAL Pro-Choice America, an abortion rights advocacy group, said that’s not where the Democrats should be heading.
“Throwing weight behind anti-choice candidates is bad politics that will lead to worse policy,” Mitchell Stille, who oversees campaigns for NARAL Pro-Choice America, said. “The idea that jettisoning this issue wins elections for Democrats is folly contradicted by all available data.”
Progressive journalists and thought leaders are completely dismayed by this announcement too. Lauren Duca, a columnist for TeenVogue, mentioned how “f–king pissed” posting her thoughts to Twitter.
This is a betrayal of every woman who has ever supported the Democratic party. https://t.co/oQzgkUAoLX— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) July 31, 2017
Winning is awesome, @repbenraylujan, but I'm pretty picky in the sense that I prefer being recognized as a full human being.— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) July 31, 2017
Back in January, Vice President Mike Pence was the first executive to attend the annual March for Life. During his speech, Pence said, “Life is winning again in America.”
Red Alert Politics covered the event where many marchers felt optimistic about Donald Trump being president, while also feeling shut out of the Women’s March.
“[The Women’s March’s] whole stance was equality and to put everybody in a unified position,” a marcher told Red Alert Politics. “And then to turn around and say, ‘Oh, because you’re pro-life, you really don’t belong in this.’ That just kind of defeats the whole equality purpose in the first place.”