The increasing divide between the Democrats' progressive and moderate wings is creating a "serious problem" that will make it difficult for the eventual nominee to bring the party back together, former House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday.
"You've got the whole progressive wing represented by Bernie and Elizabeth Warren and then you've got what I'll call the more practical wing with Mayor Pete [Buttigieg] and [Mike] Bloomberg, [Joe] Biden, [Amy] Klobuchar," the Ohio Republican told Fox News' "Fox and Friends," where he appeared with former House Democratic caucus chairman Joe Crowley of New York.
"At one point, they're going to have to have a nominee and whoever that nominee is is going to have a hard time bringing the party back together," said Boehner.
Meanwhile, Boehner said he wasn't surprised at the rancorous behavior of the Democrats debating in Las Vegas Wednesday or by the performance of former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg in his first debate of the campaign.
"The mayor hasn't been in the pit like these other candidates have been over the last year or so, and it's probably been about what, eight [or] nine years since he's been involved actively?" said Boehner. "He wasn't on his game."
Crowley, meanwhile, said he thinks the Democrats knew that they were "heading into a buzzsaw, and they met the buzzsaw head-on," but Bloomberg did seem to "rebound" as the debate went on.
"It got almost like a food fight at one point and I don't think any of us looked very good at that point," said Crowley. "But this is a way to go still."
Overall, Boehner said he thinks the Democrats are in trouble again this election.
"Donald Trump won in 2016 because a lot of Bernie supporters did not show up to vote for Hillary Clinton. You're going to have the same problem in this election," he said.
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