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Not Even Establishment Democrats Can Agree on Abortion

Two of the top national Democratic groups in Washington, D.C. spent Monday fighting over abortion.

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It seems not even establishment Democrats can agree to be an open-tent party in the age of Donald Trump.

The issue of abortion has split establishment and populist Democrats at times in 2017, but on Monday a new split opened up among establishment Dems in D.C.

It started with the chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), making the simple statement that there “is not a litmus test for Democratic candidates,” when asked about abortion by The Hill.

“There is not a litmus test for Democratic candidates,” said Luján, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman. “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.”

Quickly, Lujan lost NARAL Pro-Choice America:

“Throwing weight behind anti-choice candidates is bad politics that will lead to worse policy,” said Mitchell Stille, who oversees campaigns for NARAL Pro-Choice America.

And ex-Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair Howard Dean:

National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) communications director Matt Gorman pointed out the divide in a series of tweets on Monday night:

Democrats have little time to sort out their differences on issues like abortion, as competitive 2018 elections are right around the corner.