Inside the fight that could derail the Democratic Party

CNN | 8/11/2017 | Staff





Washington (CNN)In what should be Democrats' strongest moment since November, a series of emotional and racially charged clashes are forcing the party to once again confront the problem that has plagued it for a year: How to incorporate the supporters of Bernie Sanders.

The Vermont independent senator himself is winning battles over the direction of the Democratic Party. He has emerged as a messaging leader on health care, appeared on a "unity tour" with the party's new chairman and helped craft a populist economic agenda for the midterm elections. Many Democrats even concede the possibility that Sanders could enter the 2020 presidential race as the party's frontrunner if he chooses to run.

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But even as Sanders and party leadership increasingly make ties on Capitol Hill, infighting with roots in the ideologically loaded and often deeply personal 2016 primary are threatening to blow up the détente.

This new series of emotional and racially tinged arguments could shatter a fragile peace, forged in opposition to President Donald Trump, and undermine Democratic efforts to claw back control from Republicans in Congress during next year's midterm election season.

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"Unity requires give and take. But it seems that it's just take, take, take from the Berniecrats," said Nina Turner, the president of Our Revolution -- the political organization that emerged from Sanders' 2016 run for president -- using a term, "Berniecrats," that Sanders supporters like Turner apply to themselves.

Turner was appointed by Sanders to the DNC's "unity commission" in the wake of the 2016 contest. Her comments have led other members of the 21-person commission to grumble that Turner is more interested in sowing discord as a publicity and fundraising tool. But in an interview with CNN, she refused to back down.

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"The Berniecrats are being labeled as always wrong -- 'they don't get it, they're too emotional, they don't...
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