Democrats Swiftly Raised $80M After Court Overturned Roe

In the first week after the Supreme Court stripped away a woman’s constitutional right to have an abortion, Democrats and aligned groups raised more than $80 million, a tangible early sign that the ruling may energize voters.

But party officials say donors are giving much of that money to national campaigns and causes instead of races for state office, where abortion policy will now be shaped as a result of the court’s decision. That’s where Republicans wield disproportionate power after more than a decade of plunging money and resources into critical but often-overlooked contests.

The fundraising disparity offers an example of how a lack of long-term planning can lead to both a structural disadvantage and an exasperated Democratic base. Short of the votes to pass legislation through a gridlocked and narrowly divided Congress, the right to abortion now appears to be the latest issue ceded largely to the states. That’s after failed Democratic efforts to expand voting rights, limit gerrymandering and significantly stiffen gun laws.

“We can no longer afford Democrats’ systemic neglect of down-ballot races — not when Republicans are eager to intrude on our health care decisions, bedrooms and marriages,” said Gabrielle Chew, a spokesperson for the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, which helps finance state legislative races. “This should be a wake-up call.”

The massive $80 million fundraising haul was recorded by ActBlue, the Democrats’ online fundraising platform, which has a ticker that shows in real time the money passing through the organization. ActBlue took in over $20 million in the first 24 hours after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that determined abortion was a constitutional right. By Tuesday, the group had processed more than $51 million in donations, and by Friday, the total had reached $80 million.

In fact, all major Democratic campaign committees reported a surge in contributions after the ruling, including those working on state-level as well as federal races. Planned Parenthood did, too. But few have been willing to release hard numbers.

WinRed, the online fundraising portal for the Republican Party, did not respond to an inquiry about the party’s fundraising since the court’s decision.

The fundraising disparity is nothing new between Democratic groups working for state candidates and those focusing on national issues after a defining moment. For example, ActBlue took in more than $71 million in just 24 hours after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, little of which went to groups working on state-level campaigns.

Consider the case of Democratic National Committee Chair Jaime Harrison, who in 2020 shattered fundraising records in his long-shot bid to oust Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and head to Congress in Washington. Harrison ended up losing the race by more than 10 points. He raised more than $57 million in the closing months of his campaign, including one 24-hour period in which he raised over $1 million.

But it’s a different story for statehouses. The Democratic Governors Association announced it had raised $200,000 online after the court’s decision last week. The organization said Thursday that it was on pace to raise $1 million before the start of the long Fourth of July weekend.

The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, which raises money for state races across the country, declined to say how much it has taken in since the court decision. But its past fundraising figures demonstrate how under-resourced the group is.

The DLCC raised $650,000 in the 48 hours after a leaked copy of the court’s decision surfaced in May. Earlier this year, it celebrated when announcing it had raised nearly $6 million in the final three months of last year.

Its GOP counterpart, the Republican State Leadership Committee, raised more than twice that during the same period last year.

“When Democrats [spend] 1-to-1 with Republicans in legislative races, we win them,” said Greg Goddard, a Florida Democrat who raises money for national and state campaigns. “But when it’s 3-to-1 or 4-to-1, we get clobbered.”

Amanda Litman, co-founder of the group Run For Something, which recruits candidates to run for school boards, city councils and legislatures, said Democrats have a woeful track record when it comes to investing in down-ballot races that also build a bench of future talent.

“The worst laws are going to come from the reddest states, and they are not going to stay in those red state borders. So what are you going to do to mitigate the harm?” Litman said after the abortion ruling. “I want to see Joe Biden doing fundraisers for the DLCC and the DGA.”

The Democratic fundraising ecosystem typically rewards social media stars, those who appear on popular liberal shows, like Rachel Maddow, or candidates who go viral online. That’s exceedingly difficult for candidates in races that don’t draw much attention away from home, like most legislative contests.

Meanwhile, big dollar donors have historically donated to national candidates, or groups focused on the presidency or Congress.

Still, some Democrats bristle at the suggestion that down-ballot races don’t get enough attention.

Sam Newton, a spokesperson for the governors association, said it has its own success story to tell. Democratic candidates in key states saw major donation surges after the court decision, he said. The group has also closed a 2-to-1 fundraising gap with Republicans that existed less than a decade ago, reaching parity last year.

Planned Parenthood is part of a joint effort with the abortion rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America and EMILY’s List, which supports women running for office, that plans to spend $150 million up and down the ballot in the 2022 midterms, said Jenny Lawson, executive director of Planned Parenthood Votes.

Governors’ races will be a major focus, she said, citing Michigan and Wisconsin, in particular, where decades-old laws banning abortion are still on the books. (Michigan’s law dates to 1931; Wisconsin’s to 1849.) Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, both Democrats, are facing tough reelection battles.

“Those governors have stood in front of these Republican legislatures who want nothing more than to ban abortion and they have said ‘no,'” said Lawson. “These governors are on the front line, and we need to protect them.”

But others are skeptical that the effort will trickle down outside of high-profile races.

Litman said some party donors are warming up to the idea of giving to down-ballot contests. But there remains a culture in the party, particularly among megadonors, of chasing the “bright, shiny object,” she said. Republicans, meanwhile, treat political giving as a “business investment: you get your judges and tax cuts” and “you spend money patiently knowing it will pay off,” she said.

“We have to balance our short-term immediate electoral goals with a long-term mission to win back these seats,” Litman said.

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New York Moves to Enshrine Abortion Rights in State Constitution

New York moved to enshrine abortion rights and access to contraception in its constitution Friday, becoming a vanguard in the pushback against a seismic ruling by the country’s Supreme Court that upended reproductive rights nationwide.

The state Senate “advanced the first passage of an amendment to codify the right to an abortion and the right to contraception in the State Constitution,” it said in a statement.

New York state law already permits abortions, so the move would add an extra layer of legal protection for the procedure.

The amendment also seeks to “update the existing Equal Rights Amendment to extend current protections to several new classes, including on the basis of sex, disability, national origin, ethnicity, and age,” it said.

After passing the Senate, the legislation will next go to the state Assembly, where it is expected to be passed.

Voters will then cast their ballot on it directly in a referendum.

Conservatives in the United States have been working for decades to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that said the Constitution provides for a right to an abortion.

Last month they got their wish when the court’s new conservative majority overturned Roe with a decision that was widely expected, but nonetheless ignited nationwide protests and brought international condemnation.

The decision handed power back to the states to make their own rules on abortion, and up to half are expected to ban or severely restrict it.

Others have declared themselves abortion “sanctuaries” and vowed to protect the right, as well as other rights such as gay marriage which progressives now fear are in the court’s sights.

“The reversal of Roe v. Wade made it clear that New York State must continue to stand up and be a national leader to protect women and individual rights,” said New York Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a Democrat, in the statement.

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Poll: Nearly 3 in 10 Americans May Consider ‘Taking Up Arms’ Against Government Someday

A recent online poll conducted by Republican pollsters Neil Newhouse and Joel Benenson via the University of Chicago Institute of Politics reveals an ever-expanding divisiveness among voters who identify as Republicans, Democrats and independents.

The survey also illustrates American citizens’ growing dissatisfaction with the federal government, regardless of party affiliation.

Among the highlights of the poll findings:

  • 56% of Americans believe the government is “corrupt and rigged” against them.
  • 49% agreed they “more and more feel like a stranger in [their] own country.”
  • The majority of Americans (56%) agreed they “generally trust elections to be conducted fairly and counted accurately.” However, the breakdown is 78% Democrats, 51% independents, and 33% Republicans. And for those who voted for former President Donald Trump in 2020, the trust factor with elections is 31%.
  • In one question, voters were asked if it will be “necessary, at some point soon, for citizens to take up arms against the government.” Overall, 28% of voters agreed, 59% disagreed, and 12% weren’t sure. For that question, however, 36% of Republicans agreed, 35% of independents agreed, and 20% of Democrats agreed. Also, among the American respondents who have guns in their homes, 37% agreed about someday taking up arms against the government, if necessary.

Newhouse and Benenson, who discussed their findings on CNN, found the percentage of Americans pondering a physical fight against government tyranny as “alarming.”

“These are stunning results,” said Newhouse. “We knew the mood of the country was not positive, but it is so much worse than we thought it was.”

Taking up arms against the government didn’t generate a Republican-dominated response. Newhouse said that 45% of Republicans agreed with that question, but so did 33% of NPR listeners and 26% of liberal gun owners.

“It really demonstrates the extraordinary polarization in the country right now, and there’s a pandemic of mistrust between Americans and their government and their media,” says Newhouse, while adding that things in America “may have to get worse before it gets better.”

Newhouse explained, “Democrats don’t trust Republicans. Republicans don’t trust Democrats. Democrats think Republicans are getting disinformation. Republicans think the same thing about Democrats. There is no middle ground here whatsoever.”

Benenson lamented how some Americans are getting their news on platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok, with social media feeds that were “not filtered or fact checked.”

“We’re in a treacherous area for democracy,” said Benenson. “And with a cherished First Amendment which we have to be mindful and respectful of, I think we have to also think, from the media side, how can we do a better job to not partisanize the news as much as we have been.”

The Newhouse/Benenson poll tracked the responses of 1,000 registered voters across the United States from May 19-23. The margin of error was +/- 3.5%.

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RNC Spanish-language Ad Targeting Vulnerable Senate Dems in 4 Battleground States

The Republican National Committee (RNC) unveiled a Spanish-language ad in four battleground states Friday, targeting Senate Democrats who are perceived to be vulnerable on the economy.

The Spanish-language ad, running in Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and Pennsylvania, focuses on Hispanics and Latinos achieving their version of the American dream, despite the current wave of Democrat leaders allowing “the hope for a better life to become a relic of the past.”

“Under [President Joe] Biden and Democrat control, the American dream is slipping away for many. From skyrocketing prices to surging crime to the disastrous border crisis, Democrats have failed the Hispanic community,” said RNC Communications Director Danielle Alvarez.

She added, “While Democrats focus on winning the ‘Latinx’ vote, Republicans are on the ground talking about the issues that matter and winning the Latino vote. This November, Hispanics will choose Republican leadership that shares our values of economic opportunity, freedom, and security.”

Alvarez’s reference to “Latinx” pokes fun at the Democrats for publicly using that term when addressing Hispanics and Latinos for more than a year, before polling revealed that only 2% of the Latino population acknowledges the moniker.

And perhaps worse, a majority of Latinos found “Latinx” to be offensive, or politically patronizing.

The four Democrats being targeted in the new ad: Incumbent Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., incumbent Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., and current Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, who’s up against GOP Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz in the Keystone State’s general election.

Historically speaking, the economy and generational wealth have been top-of-mind issues with Hispanic and Latino voters in the United States, according to The Hill.

And Republicans have been actively targeting the votes for both communities, says Alvarez.

Rep. Mayra Flores, R-Texas, who recently became the first Republican in 150-plus years to win the Rio Grande Valley congressional district, says Latinos and Hispanics are embracing the Republicans’ America First agenda.

The Hispanic community is “pro-God, pro-life, pro-family, [and] all about hard work,” when Democrats increasingly aren’t, Flores recently said on Newsmax.

“My father sees that the Democrat Party walked away from him,” says Flores, who was born in Mexico before immigrating to the U.S. at age six.

“He sees that the party has gone so far left. They’re focused on nonsense like ‘Latinx,’ you know they’re focused on … pronouns, and not the real issues that are affecting real people here in South Texas and honestly throughout the country.”

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Rep. Lee Zeldin to Newsmax: NY Gov Race ‘A Taste’ Of Dems National Agenda

Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., the New York state Republican gubernatorial nominee, told Newsmax Friday that the race for the top office in that state with incumbent Democrat Kathy Hochul is just “a taste” of the national Democratic agenda.

“It’s part of the [President Joe] Biden- [Vice President Kamala] Harris agenda for the entire country,” Zeldin said during “Eric Bolling: The Balance” Friday. “They want to implement cashless bail. You have rogue [district attorneys] in Manhattan, refusing to enforce the law, like Alvin Bragg, who I would fire on Day One.

“It’s a policy that they’re looking to bring national with regards to their approach to criminal justice across the entire nation. So, this debate in New York in many respects is a taste of what the left is looking to bring to the entire country.”

Hochul took office as governor Aug. 24, 2021, after Andrew Cuomo resigned amid scandal after several women came forward with allegations of sexual harassment and assault, according to Ballotpedia.

Zeldin said the state is reeling from a rise in crime, higher taxes driving businesses out of the state, and enacting far-left legislation on abortions and gun control, which should show voters nationally what the Democrats plan to do should they retain power in the midterm elections.

“I think she’s in over her head. She’s a walking identity crisis,” he said. “She’s pandering to tax-and-spend, pro criminal liberals. It’s one-party Democratic rule up in Albany, and they’re taking our state in the wrong direction, so we lead the entire country in population loss. They keep raising taxes. They keep jacking up spending.”

Zeldin said that when businesses leave New York, they just don’t move to other states, but leave the country entirely.

He said that he is bolstered by the fact that historically the party in power does not fare well in the midterm elections and that Democrats control the government in Washington D.C, Albany, and New York City, but that party is not polling well, even among its own members.

“Independents right now are polling to the right and are more enthusiastic about voting Republican, and there’s also a growing amount of disenfranchised Democrats,” he said.

Zeldin said he is going to take the fight to Hochul during the campaign.

“I think that New Yorkers across all walks of life, regardless of party, regardless of county and region, they realized that, at this moment, while this isn’t rock bottom yet, we will experience rock bottom if Kathy Hochul gets four years,” he said. “We’re going to bring the fight to her and we’re going to emerge victorious.”


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Rep. Reschenthaler to Newsmax: Chaos at Border, Abortion Issue Pushing Hispanics Right

Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-Pa., told Newsmax on Friday that Hispanics are fleeing to the Republican Party in record numbers because of the Biden administration’s record of “chaos at the southern border” and support for “abortion on demand.”

During an appearance on “The Chris Salcedo Show,” Reschenthaler emphasized that these two reasons were causing an exodus among minority groups from the Democratic Party and would “haunt the Democrats in the 2022 election, in the 2024 election.”

“We hear people say, ad nauseam, that demographics is destiny. I can tell you that if Republicans get the majority of the Hispanic vote, the Democrats will not be a national party,” Reschenthaler said. “It will be a party that will be relegated to the coasts and Chicago.”

The Pennsylvania congressman further mentioned that American voters “don’t care” about President Joe Biden’s rhetoric on inflation as a global issue, pointing out that when ordinary people go to the gas pump, they understand what caused it.

“Of course, the world is having an inflation problem because the United States is having an inflation issue,” Reschenthaler noted. “Last time I checked, we’re the reserve currency. So, it only stands to reason that the rest of the world, which is using the U.S. dollar as a reserved currency, is going to be experiencing inflation.”

“At the end of the day, voters don’t care what groceries cost in France,” he continued. “They care what it costs right here in the United States.”

Reschenthaler referenced the ongoing Jan. 6 committee hearings as a “kangaroo court” and “show trial” lacking legitimate Republican cross-examination.

“Remember, [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi [D-Calif.] refused to have [Reps.] Jim Banks [of Indiana] and Jim Jordan [of Ohio] on the committee, so [House Minority Leader] Kevin McCarthy [R-Calif.] pulled all the Republicans,” he stated.

The congressman also said he did not consider Reps. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Liz Cheney of Wyoming as “there to defend the conservative agenda.”

“So, in essence, there’s no conservative opposition to the Democrats,” Reschenthaler suggested.


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Rasmussen Poll: 50 Percent Support SCOTUS Abortion Ruling

A new poll Tuesday by Rasmussen Reports finds that half of the country approves of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last week to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision and send the issue of abortion back to the states.

The poll, released Tuesday, found that 50% of the people approve of the court’s decision last week to overturn the federal right to abortion granted under the almost 50-year-old Roe v. Wade decision, and send the issue back to the individual states to decide, including 38% who “strongly approve” of the court’s ruling.

Forty-five percent of those surveyed disapproved of the decision, including 38% who “strongly disapproved,” according to the organization.

The court issued its 6-3 opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health last Friday that overturned the Roe decision and 1992’s Casey case that determined that a woman seeking an abortion could be required to give her “informed consent” before the procedure, saying that abortion is not a right granted in the Constitution, and that federal government “has no authority” in the matter, which should be regulated by the states.

“We do not pretend to know how our political system or society will respond to today’s decision overruling Roe and Casey,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the majority. “And even if we could foresee what will happen, we would have no authority to let that knowledge influence our decision. We can only do our job, which is to interpret the law, apply longstanding principles of stare decisis, and decide this case accordingly. We therefore hold that the Constitution does not confer a right to abortion. Roe and Casey must be overruled, and the authority to regulate abortion must be returned to the people and their elected representatives.”

The Rasmussen poll found that the decision had 75% support from republicans, compared to 71% of Democrats disapproving the ruling.

Unaffiliated voters were more evenly split on the issue with 53% approving and 42% disapproving the decision, according to the poll.

Fifty-two percent of those surveyed identified as being “pro-choice,” while 41% identified as “pro-life.”

Those surveyed overwhelmingly said the issue will play a major role in November’s midterm elections, with 75% saying it will be important, including 54% that said it will be “very important.”

Most of those, 72% of Democrats, see the issue as very important in the elections, while less than half of Republicans (41%), and unaffiliated voters (47%) view it as a very important factor in their voting decision.

The poll of 1,000 likely voters was conducted by telephone June 26-27 and has a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points, and was performed by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC, according to the organization.

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Democrats Working on Plan to Avert Rise in Healthcare Costs

Democrats in Congress in recent weeks have been considering a plan to avoid a sudden insurance premium increase, Politico reports.

The proposal would temporarily extend Affordable Care Act (ACA) subsidies included in this year’s financial aid package, which would delay the rise in insurance premiums expected to affect 13 million Americans, but it would not make them permanent. This could prevent Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., from supporting the plan, as he has pushed for every program included in the reconciliation bill to be permanent.

“Everyone recognizes that it needs to be done,” said one person, who was not named by Politico, who has knowledge of the talks about the plan. “But to get it done under our current understanding of the framework, he’d have to make an exception.”

In an interview on Wednesday, Manchin said he’s concerned about inflation and suggested that if the enhanced subsidies were extended, then the focus should be on low-income families.

“The main thing here is the means-testing,” he said, according to Business Insider. “We should be helping the people who really need it the most and are really having the hardest time.”

He added, “With healthcare, people need help. They really do.”

A spokesperson for the White House declined to comment on the discussions but did express broad support for the subsidies.

“We do not negotiate in public,” said deputy press secretary Andrew Bates. “But the president has also expressed his strong support for continuing the ACA improvements that have lowered premiums for, and expanded coverage to, millions of people.”

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Report: Democrats Using Jan. 6 Hearings to Solicit More Grassroots Donors

Democratic Party leaders are apparently using the House select committee’s hearings on the Jan. 6, 2021, unrest at the Capitol to boost small-dollar donations, according to an Axios report.

Citing the Axios piece, records show party leaders are primarily focused on building up the Democrats’ grassroots fundraising programs, through the promotion of the televised Jan. 6 investigations.

The party’s top objectives:

— Axios says a “handful” of Democratic Party committees are including the Jan. 6 investigations into digital ads and fundraising appeals.

— Also, the delivery of fundraising appeals have been synced up with the hearings.

Citing the Axios report, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) have already begun peppering party supporters with ads and emails about the hearings.

For example:

  • “Jan. 6 panel announces eight hearings to be held in June,” declared one DSCC email subject line. The message polled recipients about whether they’d watch the hearings, then directed readers to a fundraising page.
  • The DCCC permitted its organizing chair, Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., who’s also a Jan. 6 panel member, to headline the fundraising appeals. The emails and ads reportedly tie donation appeals to the investigation.
  • State-level committees such as the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee and the Democratic Association of Secretaries of State also produced fundraising emails tied to the Jan. 6 investigation.

The House panel is comprised of seven Democrats and two Republicans — Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., and Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo.

According to a New York Times report, the Democrats hope “the committee’s findings, collected from 1,000 witnesses and over 140,000 documents, will do most of the messaging work for them.”

The Times also quoted Raskin’s promise that the hearings will “blow the roof off the House.”

Raskin’s colorful prediction aligns with the bold language used by Democrat-affiliated fundraisers.

VoteVets, a veteran-focused Democrat group, which touts the Jan. 6 hearings in fundraising appeals, told Axios it’s been a successful partnership to date.

“Our base of progressive military veterans, families and their supporters click through our emails at an especially high rate when we’re promoting our work to hold insurrectionists accountable, and beat back disinformation, like ‘The Big Lie,'” said Paul Eaton, a retired Army major general and a senior adviser to the group.

Eaton continued, “… they still take the rule of law, and our Constitution, incredibly seriously and realize we’re at a defining moment. We strongly believe that the majority of voters also realize this, which is why we’re not going to shy away from this issue in 2022.”

Only time will tell if the Jan. 6 hearings lead to sustained Democratic Party success during the November midterms elections. In the meantime, the investigations serve as a unifying fundraising source.

“The primary purpose of it is going to be fundraising for a lot of the Democratic Party institutions and establishments,” said Murshed Zaheed, a veteran Democrat digital strategist.

Zaheed added, “It’s unclear how much of it will actually move the needle in holding Trump accountable,” but it will “give lots of content for the email programs.”

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Hillary Clinton Won’t Seek Presidency in 2024 — If Joe Biden Runs Again

Hillary Clinton ostensibly ruled out a run for president in 2024 Friday, saying such a move would detract from President Joe Biden’s reelection bid for that cycle.

“No, out of the question,” Clinton told the Financial Times, regarding the notion of her attempting to upend Biden in the 2024 Democratic Party primary.

She added: “I expect Biden to run. He certainly intends to run. It would be very disruptive to challenge that.”

The Clinton news comes on the heels of a Hill-HarrisX poll from earlier this week, revealing that a “majority” of American voters don’t want Biden — who’ll turn 80 this November — to run again for president.

Does that mean Clinton would seek out the presidency, if Biden retired at the end of his term in January 2025? The Financial Times interview apparently didn’t cover that hypothetical.

President Biden hasn’t formally announced his plans for 2024. However, Jen Psaki — who served as Biden’s first White House press secretary, before accepting a TV job with MSNBC — recently acknowledged that a reelection campaign would likely be in the offing.

“That’s his intention,” Psaki previously told reporters aboard Air Force One, when asked about Biden’s future prospects.

Clinton, 74, sought the Democratic Party nomination in 2008, losing out to future President Barack Obama.

And then in 2016, Clinton — formerly a U.S. senator (New York) and Secretary of State — secured the Democratic nomination, but ultimately lost to President Donald Trump in the general election.

In that same interview with Financial Times, reporter Edward Luce openly wondered to Clinton if Democrats were “going out of their way to lose elections by elevating activist causes, notably the transgender debate, which are relevant only to a small minority.”

This reportedly prompted Clinton to say, “We are standing on the precipice of losing our democracy, and everything that everybody else cares about then goes out the window. … Look, the most important thing is to win the next election. The alternative is so frightening that whatever does not help you win should not be a priority.”

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