Even Democrats in Congress are warning their party that its radical pro-abortion agenda is turning off voters.
Last week, a U.S. House Democrat who represents a swing district related this frustration in an interview with Politico. The news outlet excluded names so Democrat lawmakers and staffers could “speak freely” about their problems with Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Sean Patrick Maloney and his strategies.
“This is a real f—— problem,” the lawmaker said, pointing to a major disconnect between the committee and Democrat voters.
Experts are predicting major losses for Democrats in the 2022 midterm elections amid President Joe Biden’s dismal approval rating and several unexpected losses and near-losses in Virginia and New Jersey this year.
The lawmaker, despite being pro-abortion, recognized that the party is losing voters in swing districts because it is “bashing” pro-lifers. Increasingly, the message from Democrat party leaders and top candidates has been that pro-lifers are not welcome in the party anymore.
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Here’s more from Politico:
As cases challenging Roe v. Wade have reached the Supreme Court, the DCCC has sent dozens of press releases attacking Republican candidates and lawmakers for opposing abortion rights. But one front-liner called abortion “a lightning rod” in their district — and said the DCCC should steer clear of it as a campaign issue.
“We should leave it up to Planned Parenthood and all the reproductive organizations to get in there and support candidates that are pro-choice and leave it at that,” the member, who like other vulnerable Democrats supports abortion rights, told us. “I’m not going to go out there and start bashing people for being pro-life. It would be a big mistake in my district.”
The lawmaker told Politico that these and other strategies from the DCCC are hurting their chances of re-election.
Democrats interviewed in the piece also pointed to Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe’s loss earlier this year to pro-life Republican Glenn Youngkin. McAuliffe made his pro-abortion agenda a central part of his campaign.
Responding to the interviews, Kristen Day, executive director of Democrats for Life, urged the Democratic Party to recognize the problem and start welcoming pro-lifers again. Day said it’s “shameful” that Democratic National Committee Chairman Jamie Harrison has refused to meet with her and elected pro-life Democrats – something every previous chair has done in the past two decades.
“The DNC Chair, @harrisonjaime, and the @dccc should listen to mainstream opinion on this issue of abortion,” she wrote on Twitter. “A big tent policy of inclusion for pro-life voices builds a stronger party.”
Just a few pro-life Democrat lawmakers remain in Congress, but Democrats for Life estimates more than 100 serve at the state level, including Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards. Millions of Democrat voters also are pro-life.
However, the party’s increasingly extreme pro-abortion stance is turning off voters, and pro-life Democrats like former Illinois Congressman Dan Lipinski have been pushed out of office.
Others have left the party, including Texas state Rep. Ryan Guillen, New Jersey Congressman Jeff Van Drew, West Virginia House Del. Mick Bates, North Las Vegas, Nevada Mayor John Lee, Quincy, Massachusetts Mayor Thomas P. Koch, a Louisiana state representative, a Philadelphia political activist and a pro-life leader.
Democrat candidates face intense pressure from the powerful abortion lobby to support the killing of unborn babies in abortions without restriction up to birth and taxpayer-funded abortions. Even Biden, who once was more moderate on the issue, abandoned the public on the presidential campaign trail to embrace the party’s radical pro-abortion agenda.
Polls consistently show that the party’s abortion stance is extreme and out of touch with most Americans. The Democratic Party platform supports abortions without restriction and demands that taxpayers be forced to pay for them.
Very few Americans share that view. A January Marist poll found 58 percent of Americans oppose using tax dollars to fund abortions in the U.S. Additionally, 77 percent oppose using tax dollars to fund abortions in other countries. A 2016 Harvard/Politico poll also found that most voters, including a strong majority of low-income voters, oppose taxpayer-funded abortions.