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Democratic Party's Clinton, Sanders Camps Face Tension

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Former Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (Andrew Harnik/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 25 October 2017 08:43 AM

Tensions remain in the Democratic Party between supporters of Hillary Clinton and supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., according to The Hill.

The sides have taken issue with each other since the 2016 Democratic presidential election, such as in the election for Democratic National Committee chairman where Sanders and his supporters backed Rep. Keith Ellison, who lost to Tom Perez, who was labor secretary during Barack Obama's administration.

Emotions are still running high after President Donald Trump's victory in the election. Many Democrats believe that fighting between the factions takes the focus away from struggles against Trump, The Hill reported.

"Democrats felt passionately about their candidates. And for the most part, they still do. It's pretty hard to just turn that off like a faucet. But look at what's happening to this country. Trump is wreaking havoc while Democrats grapple with a messaging crisis and tumult in party structure," Tracy Sefl, a Democratic consultant and 2016 Clinton surrogate, said in The Hill.

"The Democratic Party is coming out of a disaster, losing an election they should never have lost and losing control of the Senate and White House," said Bill Press, a Sanders surrogate and columnist for The Hill.

"I don't think anyone thinks the party is in a good place right now, and if they do, they're kidding themselves," said a Democratic National Committee member in The Hill report.

Some Democrats say infighting after an election loss is natural.

"Anytime you lose a presidential race, and by extension, any time you don't have a president from your own party in office, this is what happens. Compared to the infighting, back-biting, and name-calling among Republicans, Democrats look like they're marching in lockstep," said Democratic strategist Jon Selib in The Hill.

Democrats are seeing some good news, as the party's congressional campaign committee raised more than the Republican committee in September. Since January, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has raised $4 million more than the Republican Senate committee, The Hill reported.

Clinton said on Oct. 17 that she would not run for the presidency again.

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Tensions remain in the Democratic Party between supporters of Hillary Clinton and supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., according to The Hill.
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