Former Democrat U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill warned party leaders Wednesday that they may be losing voters, in part, because of their radical pro-abortion stance.
It’s a growing sentiment among Democrat voters as the party aligns itself with the billion dollar abortion industry and calls for abortions without restriction, funded by the taxpayers.
McCaskill, a former Missouri senator, immediately faced criticism from Democrat Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for daring to question their party, The Hill reports.
“Whether you are talking guns or … abortion … or gay marriage and rights for transsexuals and other people who we as a party ‘look after’ and make sure they are treated fairly,” McCaskill told MSNBC. “As we circled the issues, we left some voters behind, and Republicans dove in with a vengeance and grabbed those voters.”
She urged Democrat leaders to “get back to the ‘meat and potatoes’ issues and the issues where we’re taking care of their families, and we also need to stop acting like we’re smarter than everybody else, because we’re not.”
Her comments sparked anger from Ocasio-Cortez, a New York representative and a radical leftist. According to The Hill, Ocasio-Cortez suggested no one should listen to McCaskill because she lost re-election to pro-life Republican Josh Hawley.
“Why do we listen to people who lost elections as if they are experts in winning elections?” she responded on Twitter. “McCaskill tried her approach. She ran as a caravan-hysteria Dem and lost while grassroots organizers won progressive measures in MO. Her language here shows how she took her base for granted.”
Perhaps it did not occur to Ocasio-Cortez that McCaskill may have won re-election if she and her party were more moderate on such issues.
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Democrat candidates face pressure from party leaders to support abortion on demand when they run for office. The abortion industry donates huge amounts of money to Democrat candidates every year, and the new Democratic Party platform aligns closely with its radical agenda. The platform supports abortions without restriction, seeks to codify Roe v. Wade into federal law and demands that taxpayers be forced to fund elective abortions through Medicaid and other programs.
These measures are widely unpopular with Americans, and Democrat voters and even some politicians are leaving the party because of it. Others are being kicked out.
A 2019 poll by Marist University found a startling, double-digit shift in the number of Democrats who identify as pro-life. The poll came right after Democrat political leaders defended infanticide and abortions up to birth.
Polls show strong opposition to taxpayer-funded abortions as well. A 2016 Harvard University poll found that only 36 percent of likely voters support overturning the Hyde Amendment and forcing Americans to fund abortions. A 2019 poll by Marist University found similarly strong opposition.
One of the last pro-life Democrats in the U.S. House, Dan Lipinski, recently lost his seat after a number of party leaders endorsed his primary opponent, a woman who supports abortions without restriction and wants to force taxpayers to fund them. A pro-life Tennessee Democrat, state Rep. John DeBerry, also was kicked off the ballot by his party this year after he voted in favor of the state heartbeat law.
Recently, they joined more than 100 other Democrat leaders in urging the Democratic Party to stop being so extreme on abortion. The open letter, led by Democrats for Life of America, called on the party “to recognize the inviolable human dignity of the child, before and after birth.”