April 20, 2017

Democratic Unity Tour Divides Democratic Party

The Bernie Sanders-Tom Perez Democratic unity tour is having an embarrassingly bad week. As NPR’s Domenico Montanaro pointed out, the tour was troubled from the start:

Things haven’t improved from the story too. When Sanders was asked about Jon Ossoff, instead of praising him, he proceeded to attack the darling of national Democrats. Sadly for Democrats, the unity tour only got worse today. That’s because concerns about a Nebraska Democrat’s abortion record led some progressive groups to pull their support:

“The Democratic National Committee and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are under fire for supporting a mayoral candidate with a mixed record on abortion, highlighting divisions within the party even as the DNC seeks to mend fences with its high-profile unity tour. The tour, which kicked off Monday, seemed to get off to a rocky start. But the biggest bump came when progressives began withdrawing support for Omaha, Nebraska mayoral candidate Heath Mello after discovering that, as a Nebraska state senator eight years ago, he supported legislation to require women to undergo an ultrasound before getting an abortion.”

All told, the Democratic Party is more divided today than they were before the unity tour began. In fact, it’s gotten so bad that Perez ducked out of two planned unity events today. Predictably, the headlines coming out of the tour reflect the gaffe-filled week it’s been. See below for some of the highlights:

CNN: Sanders, Perez unity tour is off to a bumpy ride

Washington Post: Bernie Sanders’s strange behavior

Washington Free Beacon: CNN Panel Laughs at Sanders Refusing to Call Himself a Democrat While on Democratic ‘Unity Tour’

The Hill: Sanders: I don’t consider myself a Democrat

NBC: DNC Unity Tour Hits Speed Bump Over Candidate’s Abortion Record

Townhall: Sanders Is Headlining the DNC Unity Tour…But Still Doesn’t Want to Be Called a Democrat

Newsmax: New DNC Head Booed at Maine Event